The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is holding her sophomore National Convention today in Abuja, the nation’s capital.
The convention is an elective kind that will feature the election of new leaders to run the affairs of party for the next four years in line with its constitution.
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole is a leading contender for the National Chairmanship position. While, Abdulmumin Abiola, son of the late MKO Abiola, is a top runner for the National Youth Leader position.
As at 11:30am News men observed and reports that adequate security arrangements are in place within and around the Eagle Square venue of the convention.
Activities are yet to pick up in full speed owing to light drizzly rains. Notwithstanding, delegates have been arriving and taking their seats. Senator Movie Omo-Agege is one of the prominent personalities to arrive early.
News men are currently live at the convention ground and would bring you live updates.
Senator Ajayi Borrofice speaks on expected impact of the convention
The lawmaker representing Ondo North Senatorial District, Senator Ajayi Boroffice, has stated that the convention will foster a closer relationship among party members.
This, he said, will position the party to deliver more dividend of democracy to the people.
“After this convention, we are going to have a bond again in the APC that will begin to work for the people to such an extent that it will begin to deliver dividend of democracy to the people. That is what we are looking for,” he told newsmen at the convention ground.
Buhari expected at convention ground by 2:30pm
News men reliably gathers that the President, Muhammadu Buhari, who was initially expected at the venue at 1:00pm, will now be arriving between 2:00pm – 2:30pm due to the rains. His arrival will herald the commencement of the convention.
65 party positions are expected to be filled after the election. However, 20 positions have unopposed candidates while, 45 will be contested.
Hajia Salamatu Baiwa denies stepping down for incumbent National Women Leader
Hajia Salamatu Baiwa has refuted reports that she has stepped down for Dr. Ramatu Tijjani Aliyu, the incumbent APC National Women Leader.
A terse statement by her media office Saturday afternoon, appealed to Nigerians to ignore “the speculations”.
“It has come to our notice that lies are being peddled about Hajia Salamatu Baiwa.
“This is to inform our esteem supporters that we are still in the race and by the grace of God, victory shall be ours”, it read.
Osinbajo, Oshiomole others storm Eagles Square, Buhari, Odigie-Oyegun yet to arrive
At 2:30pm, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki, several ministers, governors, senators, and other top government functionaries from the APC are already at the convention venue.
They are moving round the stands, greeting delegates, politicking, and canvassing support for their preferred candidates.
President Buhari and the outgoing party chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, are yet to arrive.
So far, the air around the Eagles Square is organised yet lively. Some observers have described it as a carnival of a sort as state delegates display their local cultures and ‘aso-ebi’ attires.