The All Progressives Congress (APC) has fixed its national convention for April 26. No venue has been picked yet for the exercise meant to elect its substantive national executives.
APC’s much-expected membership registration starts on Wednesday and ends temporarily on February 10.
Interim National Publicity Secretary of the party, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, who addressed journalists yesterday in Lagos, said the two major exercises had become imperative in the light of the elections billed to hold in Ekiti and Osun in June and August respectively.
He said the process would start with the registration of members, which is to commence on February 5 and end on the 10th, temporarily to pave the way for preparations for the national convention of the party.
Muhammed asked APC members to come out en masse to register.
He said each prospective member is expected to come to the registration centre with two passport photographs; fill the form and go home with the counterfoil of the registration form as a proof of registration.
He explained that the February 10 closing date would be temporary because of the need to start the preparation for the national convention where the party’s national executives would be elected, adding that the process of registration would be continuous as a result.
On the April 26 national convention, he said the process of the exercise would start with the ward congress on March 15, local government congress on March 22 and the state congress on March 29 before the national convention in April.
The APC spokesperson, who though had a clue that the convention venue might be in Abuja, the nation’s capital, was however not authoritative because venue has not been discussed by those saddled with the responsibility of planning the event.
“But that puts us in good stead for all the elections in 2014 and 2015,” he said.
Since its registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in July last year, the APC has maintained its executives at all levels on the interim basis.