The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has written a letter to the Independent National Electoral Commission on its plans to hold congresses and convention across the country.
Investigations by one of our correspondents in Abuja on Tuesday showed that the letter was written to the commission on Monday.
A member of the National Working Committee of the party, who spoke with one of our correspondents, said the letter was sent to the electoral body immediately after the party’s National Executive Committee meeting, which was also attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo (SAN), and governors elected on the platform of the party.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said the party decided to hold the convention before May 16, 2018, because of the Ramadan.
He said, “We have sent a letter to INEC concerning the congresses and the convention we are planning to hold.
“While I will not disclose the proposed dates of the events because we want the commission to acknowledge our letter, but I can confidently tell you that we are determined to hold it before May 16.
“We have checked the Islamic calendar and it showed that the Ramadan might start on that date.
“Due to stress associated with congresses and conventions, we don’t want our members to have difficulties attending or playing their roles in the events.”
Also, the party said only the National Working Committee, led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, that was constitutionally empowered to select members of the convention committee of the party.