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Wednesday, 7 August 2013

APC: We don’t have leaders yet – Akande


Chief Akande speaking…yesterday. Listening are (from left) Deputy National Chairman South, Senator Annie Okonkwo, National Secretary Tijani Tumsa and Masari
All Progressives Congress (APC) has declared that it’s yet to choose its leaders, barely one week after its registration. Also, the party said it would field a candidate for the Anambra governorship election scheduled for November 16.
Speaking during a press briefing yesterday in Abuja, acting national chairman of the party and former chairman of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Chief Bisi Akande, said leaders of the party would emerge between November and December. The party also said that it would soon announce the date for its congresses in Anambra to elect the state leadership of the party.
On the leadership of the party, Akande stated that since the party has just been officially recognised by INEC it has not constituted its leadership.
He stated: “We are new, and therefore, the leadership of the party has not been constituted. I would use this opportunity to let you know that anybody claiming or parading as the leader of the party is not true or genuine. “
Our party has just been registered and we are yet to have our congress where our leaders would be elected. But that would be between November and December this year. In the interim, we have worked out plans to conduct the Anambra congress to elect the leadership of the party in the state to make sure we participate in the gubernatorial election.
“But right now, let nobody relate with the party for the media unless through Alhaji Lai Mohammed. He is the one we have mandated in the mean time to represent us. So anybody in the media that needs information on the APC should contact Mohammed and no other person.”
Akande also gave assurance that although the APC is new, it is, in the real sense, an old party that was awaiting legal endorsement.
“These parties in the alliance have been likeminds that worked together in the past; so we are not strangers to each other or in conflict when it comes to principles.
“We know each other and would also encourage other politicians and Nigerians to join us in making the nation’s politics more robust.
“We are open to all Nigerians and after the leadership of the party is constituted, we would commence membership drive to enlarge the house and make it the real mega party we planned from time.”

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