Acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Abubakar Sani Bello, Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and his Ekiti State counterpart and Chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Kayode Fayemi are in London to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, Prime Business Africa reports.
They left Saturday night, March 12, 2022, in a Lagos outbound commercial flight.
Impeccable sources familiar with events within the Presidency and the ruling party said the ‘crucial’ visit was precipitated by ”the urgent need to brief Mr President on events since the new Chairman took over as well as bring him up to speed with the preparations for the March 17 NEC Meeting and the March 26 National Convention. The team is also in London to check up on Mr President as he takes his deserved rest.”
Already, the President had hinted on Saturday that the March 26 National Convention must hold as planned and warned part members to desist from name calling and back-stabbing to avoid falling into the hands of the opposition.
Bello’s visit in the company of PGF Chairman, Fayemi, and Kaduna State Governor El-Rufai will put a final seal on all of APC’s plans for the National Convention, especially its preparatory NEC meeting believed to be a major determinant of what would happen at the March 26 National Convention.
Prime Business Africa had reported that President Buhari, while in London, had met with Attorney General and Minister of Justice Abubakar Malami and a few others,
Recall that the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) had raised issues with APC’s proposed NEC meeting as well as the preparations for its Convention, following the sack of former Chairman of its Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee Mai Mala Buni, and his Secretary, John James Akpodunodedehe and Bello’s appointment as Acting Chairman by Buhari and APC governors.
Leaders of the party told Prime Business Africa on Saturday night that all the initial issues had been taken care of, as the Constitution of the party and the Electoral Act 2022 do not foresee a situation where a political party would have to inform INEC before holding its NEC Meeting,