Abubakar Badaru, Jigawa State governor and chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Strategy and Contact Committee, has revealed that the party’s national convention will hold in June this year.
There have been speculations that the tenure of governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party will be extended and the convention shifted beyond June.
However, Badaru, in an interview with journalists at the APC National Secretariat in Abuja on Tuesday, said the caretaker committee of the party is committed to delivering on its mandate not later than June.
“It is very feasible. I know the national Caretaker Committee are committed to delivering in June. And we will support them and do whatever it takes to make sure we deliver by June”, he said.
The governor also stated that APC has registered 36 million members in the ongoing registration and revalidation exercise slated to end on March 31.
“Initially, we printed only 12 thousands members, but now we have gone 10 million members. Now, we have gone to 36 million. And that is not even enough.
“And now, we are printing more because when people see what President Muhammadu Buhari has done with one side of the resources than the previous administration get, the support is really tremendous”, he also stated.
The chairman of the party’s strategy and contact committee noted that his committee will reconcile and bring more political bigwigs into the APC.
He, however, refuted claims that the APC is trying to make Nigeria a one-party state.
“There will always be opposition. It can never be one party state. There are people who will still leave the party (APC). How many parties do we have now? We have even lost count. There will be a ruling party and there will be opposition,” he stressed.
Inaugurating the committee earlier, Buni said the terms of reference for the committee is to establish constructive engagements between critical stakeholders at various levels of the party, with a view to reviving confidence and trust among party leaders.
Twelve governors, two former speakers of the house of representatives; Yakubu Dogara and Dimeji Bankole, are among the 61-man Contact/Strategy Committee of the party.