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APC Considering Consensus Option For Congress—Party Secretary

Secretary of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator John Akpanudoedehe has explained why the party settled for consensus option for emergence of party officials at all levels.

According to the APC chieftain, the Caretaker Committee recommended the consensus option to reduce acrimony.

The party constitution stipulates leaders at different levels are to emerge at the congresses and national convention through consensus or election.

But a pointer to a consensus as a preferred option first came to the fore last Tuesday when the Secretary met with the State Caretaker committee chairmen and advised them to encourage the adoption of consensus as the party holds its ward congress on July 31.

Briefing them on the forthcoming party congresses, the Secretary told the chairmen to urge all stakeholders in the party to encourage consensus arrangements because the exercise “is a family affair” adding “it is also a constitutional provision in our party.”

Advancing reasons for the party’s choice in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday, Akpanudoehede said: “For us, we have to take into consideration the need to accommodate everyone because the APC is a party for all Nigerians.

“We are encouraging states to adopt the consensus arrangement because it saves costs and reduces acrimony.

“That is why when you look at Article 20 of our constitution which talks about elections, the first thing there is for members to try reaching a consensus. When that fails, then you go to cast ballots.

“We are making sure we do not leave any room for the opposition, especially the Peoples Democratic Party to sponsor people to cause confusion in our midst.”

Article 20(i) of the party’s constitution stipulates that: “Unless otherwise provided for: a. All-Party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective National Convention or Congress subject, where possible, to consensus, Provided that where a candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position, a vote of “yes” or “no” by ballot or voice shall be called, to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breed discontent and crisis.”

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