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APC Picks March 26 For National Convention 

Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday picked March 26, 2022, for its national convention.

The party had initially announced an indefinite postponement before the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) picked a new date.

It said the change of date is to enable the party to organise zonal congresses across the six geo-political zones on March 12.

It was gathered that the Progressives Governors’ Forum (PGF) was locked in a meeting last night on the convention and to prepare for today’s meeting of the governors and caretaker committee with President Muhammadu Buhari.

It was gathered that the governors are unhappy that the caretaker committee took a unilateral decision to postpone the congress.

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The caretaker committee informed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of the zonal congress date in a letter yesterday.

The Nation reports that the sale of nomination forms for the zonal congresses will take place between March 2 and 5 at the zonal headquarters.

The caretaker committee also released some guidelines on the zonal congresses, particularly the purchase of nomination forms by aspirants contesting in any of the zonal congresses.

For the zonal chairman form (National Vice Chairman), aspirants are to pay N5 million.

For zonal secretary, zonal legal adviser, zonal organising secretary, zonal publicity secretary, and zonal youth leader, aspirants are to pick their forms for N500,000 each.

Aspirants for zonal woman leaders are to pay N250,000 for their nomination forms.

While addressing newsmen after the meeting, CECPC Secretary John James Akpanudoedehe said: “We have agreed and approved that activities for the party’s national convention will commence from February 24 and terminate on March 26 at Eagle Square with the National Convention.

“Inbetween the convention, we have agreed to have zonal congresses, and all the activities are hereby given as approved by the CECPC.”

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