Faced with dearth of funds, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has suspended indefinitely, its national convention slated for this month.
The party’s decision to postpone the convention was allegedly caused by the failure of the Presidency and the governors elected on the APC’s platform to fund the party and the convention.
The APC has remained a divided house after the conduct of the Ondo state governorship election, primarily where the group loyal to the party’s National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, alleged sharp irregularities by the National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and his group, to favour Rotimi Akeredolu against Tinubu’s preferred candidate, Olusegun Abraham.
Akeredolu eventually won the election and has since been sworn in as the governor of Ondo State.
Investigations revealed that the APC National Working Committee (NWC) had been abandoned by major stakeholders as the party is grossly underfunded.
The paucity of funds, it was gathered, had left the party in serious jeopardy to the extent that the APC cannot pay the salaries of its workers, who have threatened to down tools.
Indications emerged on Monday that the national convention of the party slated for April 29, 2017 would no longer hold following the resolve of the governors not to bankroll it.
Also affected is the party’s Constitution Review Committee, which is expected to submit its report before the aborted convention. It was gathered that the committee had abandoned its duty following the inability of the NWC to fund it.
Party sources said that a committee put in place to handle the national convention has not started work because there is no financial backing for it.
Also, the national chairman, it was gathered, had visited some state governors and other stakeholders soliciting their support to hold the non-elective convention in Abuja.
The party, after being criticised for not holding a national convention as stipulated in its constitution, declared in a statement that it will hold a national convention not later than April this year.
It was however learnt that the decision was challenged by one of the APC governors from the North West zone, who at a meeting of the NWC last month, told Odigie-Oyegun that his leadership of 20 NWC members cannot fix a convention date for 97 National Executive Committee (NEC).
“The Presidency and governors who are supposed to be the backbone of this party have abandoned it after riding on its back to win elections in 2015.
“It has become clear that the planned national convention can no longer hold. With barely three weeks remaining, there is nothing on ground to show we are preparing for such. Also, the Constitution Review Committee is expected to submit its report which will play a major role in the convention.
“As I talk to you, nothing has been heard from the committee. It has not being mobilised and has since abandoned its job,” an APC chieftain said.
Further investigation revealed that both the governors and National Assembly members have developed fears and suspect on the NWC members, in the face of the unending crisis in the party, even as there have been reports of realignment with some of the emerging mega parties.