July 27, 2021

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Congresses: Why we opted for consensus, by APC

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By Jide Orintunsin, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe has given reasons the party opted for consensus to pick its officers at all levels.

The Caretaker Committee recommended the option to reduce acrimony.

According to him, the party’s constitution stipulates that leaders at different levels should emerge at the congresses and national convention either through consensus or election.

Akpanudoedehe had at a meeting last week with the State Caretaker Committee chairmen and advised that the option be used during the Ward Congresses scheduled for July 31.

The secretary tasked the chairmen to get all the stakeholders’ buy-in into the consensus arrangement in their respective states. He described the forthcoming congresses and convention as “a family affair”.

“It is also a constitutional provision in our party,” Akpanudoedehe reminded the chairmen.

Giving the reasons for the party’s choice in a statement in Abuja yesterday, 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.”