Parties disagree again on nominations into interim exco.
The leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, failed to ratify the nomination of Bisi Akande and Nasir el-Rufai as the interim national chairman and secretary of the association respectively, at their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, due to minor disagreements, party sources said.
The approval of the other officers of the association, nominated by their parties, was also put on hold for the same reason.
Opposition parties that resolved last February to dissolve into APC are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The parties had organised a plenary session on Tuesday last week where it resolved to ask their leaderships to nominate their preferred members into the interim executive committee. The session was attended by the members of the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, and other representatives of the parties.
PREMIUM TIMES had reported that ACN nominated Mr. Akande, who is its national chairman to play a similar role in the yet-to-be registered APC while the CPC nominated Mr. el-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as the national secretary of the association.
Wednesday’s meeting of the leaders, which was convened to approve the lists sent by the parties, was attended by their chairmen, deputy chairmen and other top members.
Among the leaders reportedly at the meeting were Mr. Akande and his counterparts in CPC and ANPP, Tony Momoh and Ogbonnaya Onu. Others were the national leaders of the CPC and ACN, Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu, respectively.
Although some of the leaders from whom PREMIUM TIMES sought to know the outcome of the meeting refused to speak, it was gathered that the meeting could not agree on some of the nominees.
A leader of the ANPP, who pleaded anonymity, said the party would only forward its nominees when it is told about the position available to it, an indication that the sharing of the positions is yet to be concluded.
A leader of ACN in one of the South-South states who attended the meeting, simply told PREMIUM TIMES that “If they said Akande and el-Rufai have been appointed, I won’t doubt it.”
CPC spokesman, Rotimi Fashakin and his ANPP counterpart, Emma Eneukwu in telephone interviews, merely confirmed that the members of the National Working Committees of the parties were not allowed to attend the meeting and therefore would not provide any information on it.