Oye­gun with­draws, as APC fixes new dates

Weekly Trust - - Front Page - Muideen Olaniyi

The All Pro­gres­sives Congress (APC) has an­nounced new dates for this year’s ward, lo­cal gov­ern­ment and state con­gresses even as Daily Trust gathered yes­ter­day that the party’s Na­tional Chair­man, Chief John OdigieOye­gun, has shelved his na­tional chair­man­ship am­bi­tion.

It could how­ever not be con­firmed whether the de­ci­sion was con­nected to Oye­gun’s visit to the Pres­i­den­tial Villa on Thurs­day night.

But on Tues­day, he de­scribed the pur­ported en­dorse­ment of for­mer Gov­er­nor Adams Osh­iom­hole by the South-South zonal lead­er­ship of the party as “ab­so­lutely child­ish.”

Chief Odigie-Oye­gun, who spoke with news­men at the party’s na­tional sec­re­tar­iat in Abuja, said vot­ing would take place at con­ven­tion venue and not at any gov­ern­ment house.

On whether he would seek re-elec­tion, he said, “I’m go­ing to know when the con­ven­tion com­mit­tee an­nounces their pro­grammes, then when I’m go­ing to buy a form if I will re-con­test I will let you know.”

The new dates an­nounced yes­ter­day by the party’s Na­tional Pub­lic­ity Sec­re­tary, Malam Bo­laji Ab­dul­lahi, are Satur­day, May 5 for ward con­gresses, Satur­day, May 12 for LGA con­gresses and Satur­day, May 19 for state con­gresses.

Ab­dul­lahi said the date for the na­tional con­ven­tion in June would be an­nounced later.

In the timetable ear­lier re­leased, the party sched­uled ward con­gresses for Wed­nes­day, May 2, LG con­gresses for Satur­day, May 5, state con­gresses for Wed­nes­day, May 9 and na­tional con­ven­tion for May 14, 2018.

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