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APC National Convention Kick Starts Amidst Tight Security



APC's National Convention Committee

The national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC has started Despite the early morning downpour that delayed the convention for hours, Naija News Understands.

Naija News Understands that Governor of Jigawa State and Chairman of the convention committee, Badaru Mohammed, who delivered the opening remarks/welcome address  shortly after the arrival of President Muhammadu Buhari and the outgoing chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, said the convention was not only to elect new leaders but for members to fraternize ahead of the general election in 2019.

He urged delegate to conduct themselves properly in line with the tenets of discipline and internal democracy.

“I urge delegates to conduct themselves in line with the party’s principles of discipline and internal democracy as the convention has attracted global attention.“Let us give Nigerians a taste of what to expect in the coming general elections,” he told party members.

Outgoing National Chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun, who also had earlier given is remarks at the convention said though naysayers thought the party was on the verge of implosion, the crowd at the convention shows the party is stronger and believes in its vision.

“There are divergent views but the essence (of the convention) is that the APC is a strong party that believes in its vision and that of the President,” he said.

Oyegun further thanked the founding fathers and all members of the party for the support given him. He noted that as “phase one of the party is over, phase two begins.”

He further wished his successor well in piloting the affairs of the Party in the next phase.

The environment was replete with posters of contestants for various positions in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party, some carried round by their supporters. No fewer than 6, 800 delegates are expected from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory to be in attendance at the convention.

Source: Naija News

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