By John Ikani
Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has announced the indefinite postponement of the inauguration of its Presidential Campaign Council (PCC).
Presidential campaign activities are to commence on Wednesday September 28, in line with the timetable and schedule of activities set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Heritage Times HT gathered the 422-member PCC released by the Secretary of the council, James Falake, did not go down well with the governors, who threatened to withdraw their support for the campaign.
Simon Lalong, the Governor of Plateau State and Director-General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council in a statement early Tuesday, said a new date for the inauguration of the campaign council would be announced soon.
Lalong said the adjustment of the timetable and schedule of activities was to accommodate growing interests of various political tendencies in being part of the campaign council.
According to him, the development followed the party’s decision to include more people in the campaign council.
“Recall that we had earlier earmarked a peace walk and prayers for Wednesday to officially kick off our campaigns for the 2023 presidential elections,” the statement said.
“We had also announced that the members of the campaign council report at the campaign headquarters on that day to collect their letters of appointments.
“However, due to the expansion of the list to accommodate more stakeholders and interests within the APC family, we have decided to adjust the timetable of these activities in order to ensure everyone is on board before activities officially commence. Consequently, the activities earlier announced for the 28th of September will no longer hold.
“As the ruling and most attractive party in Nigeria, we understand the sacrifices and understanding of our teeming members who are more than willing to volunteer themselves for this great task ahead. It also shows the enormous love that the party members have for our candidates. A new date and time-table of events will be announced soon,” the statement read.