The postponement might not be unconnected with protest by governors of the northern states who are uncomfortable with the date for the convention because it falls within the holy month of Ramadan.
Also, another reason adduced for the opposition by the governors is the composition of the leadership of the convention committee, which is made up mostly of persons of a particular religion.
Consequently, the National Chairman of the party, Dr. Bamanga Tukur, called an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee of the party on Wednesday where it was agreed to shift the date for the convention, but no date had been picked.
Before the decision to shift the two events was reached, Tukur reportedly met with President Goodluck Jonathan where he briefed him on the governors’ observation.
Meanwhile, the Acting National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mr. Tony Okeke, has confirmed the cancellation of the two events.
He said, “The NWC wishes to announce that the South-West Zonal Congresses and the Special National Convention of the party have been rescheduled in view of the Muslim Ramadan fasting.
“New dates for the South West Zonal Congresses and the Special National Convention of the party will be announced.”