The All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has divided as pressure mounts from high quarters to proceed with the February convention arrangement.
The development has thrown the CECPC into serious dilemma over the proposed plan agreed to by President Muhammadu Buhari but which the CECPC has largely approached noncommittally.
The disposition of the committee has as a result fueled speculations and allegations that it is deliberately delaying the convention to protect some hidden interests ahead of the party’s 2023 presidential nomination.
Recall that some APC Concerned Youths had late in November pressured the committee to announce February as date for the convention after the youths led by Mustapha Audu set up parallel committees and declared themselves alternative CECPC.
The Governor Mai Mala Buni-led CECPC has, however, refused to announce a definite date for the convention, leaving room for speculations and rumours.
It also said it has set up budgeting and other undisclosed subcommittees to begin work on the convention.
On Wednesday, following another report that the committee has resolved to move the convention to June, the party was forced to refute it, but it does appear that the alleged plan to delay the convention has backfired.
A divided CECPC, which met party bureaucrats and stakeholders on Wednesday on the issue, Daily Independent learnt, had a good number of them insisting that convention must go ahead as earlier announced. Some others it was learnt, however, maintained that February is not feasible considering a number of issues that are yet to be addressed.
It was gathered that the meeting after heated arguments, decided to propose list of subcommittees, including those for finance for the ratification by the entire CECPC.
A source at the meeting said the challenge which is confronting the party is the individual interest of some members of the CECPC, which is being played to subvert the interest of the party.