APC Boasts that 7,000 delegates will ratify Buhari’s nomination
The All Progressives Congress says no fewer than 7,000 delegates will, on Saturday, at the Eagle Square, ratify the nomination of President Muhammadu Buhari as the party’s sole presidential candidate for 2019 election.
Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, who is also the Deputy Chairman of the APC Presidential Convention Planning Committee made this known while briefing newsmen on the party’s preparations ahead of Saturday’s convention in Abuja.
Shettima said the delegates were drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory.
He disclosed that the convention committee on security was working closely with security agencies to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
Shettima, who said that the convention would commence at 2.00 p.m, added that its transport committee was making arrangements to reduce to the barest minimum inconveniences it might cause Abuja residents.
“We moved the convention time from 9.00 a.m to 2.00 p.m deliberately to accommodate delegates that are coming from far and near.
“Incidentally, people from Kogi, for instance, can leave and be in Abuja within three hours, but believe me, all our delegates will be on ground by 2.00 p.m,” he said.
“The convention is a special one for the emergence of our presidential flag bearer; no other issue will be tabled.
“In subsequent conventions, and also at the National Working Committee and National Executive Committee meetings, other issues can be discussed and sorted out,” he said.
The committee deputy chairman, while speaking on the challenges that followed the party’s primaries in some states, said the NWC was working round the clock to ensure that the issues are amicably resolved.
The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms were purchased for President Buhari by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors’ Network on September 5, at the cost of N45m.
The President, who is the APC sole presidential aspirant, while submitting the forms on September 12, said, “I am taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians.
“Let me, today, appeal to party members not to be complacent but to strategise and win the 2019 elections.”