Thursday, April 17, 2014

APC leaders meet, Akande, El-Rufai may emerge Chairman, Secretary of party

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Bisi Akande, Interim National Chairman, All Progressives Congress, APC

The leaders of the fledgling association meet in Abuja.

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Wednesday night met in Abuja and were expected to decide on interim leaders for the yet-to-be-registered political party.

The meeting was ongoing as at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday when this post was written.

Sources in the party said a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, and prominent member of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Nasir El-Rufai might emerge the national secretary of the APC.

Similarly, the incumbent National Chairman of the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, Bisi Akande, might be picked to head the association.

APC is the product of the ongoing merger talks among CPC; ACN; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, to which the Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha, belongs.

Nasir El-Rufai

Nasir El-Rufai

PREMIUM TIMES sources said the leaderships of the CPC and ACN have already nominated Messrs El-Rufai and Akande for the positions and forwarded their names to the ongoing meeting of the association’s leaders.

The Joint Inter-party Merger Committee, JIMC, had held a plenary session last week during which it resolved to mandate all the parties in the merger to nominate members for the interim management committee of APC.

The nominees will be considered at Wednesday’s meeting which was expected to be attended by members of the National Working Committees of the merging parties and JIMC.

It is not clear who the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, nominated for the position of treasurer, which was reportedly allotted to it.

PREMIUM TIMES learnt Mr. Akande’s emergence was not a smooth one as another senior member of the ACN and former foreign affairs minister, Tom Ikimi, also positioned himself for the top position.

More details of the meeting will be provided as they unfold.

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