Governor Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State has stated that some serving political appointees who previously held elective office will be able to vote at the APC National Convention slated for today.
Recall that the ruling party had said that serving political appointees would not be allowed to vote at the convention in line with Section 84(12) of the Electoral Act 2022.
The appointees include a former Governor of Rivers State and Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; the Minister of Labour and Employment and a former governor of Anambra State, Dr Chris Ngige; a former governor of Lagos State and Minister of Works and Housing, Babatunde Fashola; and a few others.
But in an interview on a programme on Channels Television on Friday, Sule said the party would be making special concessions for Fashola, Amaechi and others to vote at the event.
The Nasarwa governor, who is the Chairman of the National Convention Media and Publicity Sub-committee, stated that the ministers are statutory delegates in line with the APC Constitution.
Sule, however, disclosed that some ministers, including the one from his state, had been excluded from being delegates.
He said, “Our delegates’ lists are statutory delegates. So if you have a former president as a political appointee, if you have a former senator as a political appointee, these are already automatic delegates.
“Let’s not confuse the two just because being an appointee doesn’t necessarily take you out of being a delegate, because our delegates are classified clearly. Former presidents from our party, former elected personalities, party officials and the rest are delegates.
“So if you are talking of the ones we have submitted now, we don’t have commissioners, we don’t have advisers, we don’t have all those unless somebody particularly who was a former this or former that. In that case, just being an appointee doesn’t completely exclude such a person from being a delegate.”