By Eric Peters.ABUJA.
About 6800 delegates are expected at the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Secretary of the Convention Committee ,Senator Victor Ndoma Egba, has disclosed.
Ndoma Egba debunked speculations that the convention would be shifted because of lack of funds, saying ,“It is not correct. The convention is going on as planned. Nothing has happened to suggest the contrary. .the convention would go ahead as planned.
“We are expecting about 8,000 people at the convention ground which include 6800 plus party delegates from the states, observers, vendors, the media, entertainers.”
Speaking on disputes from the states as a result of ward, local and state congresses held by the party recently, he said: “We are hoping to resolve those issues before the convention, especially in states where we have court processes. We are working hard as we can to resolve them in one way or the other.
We are no doubt aware that in politics you must leave a window open at the end of the day to allow for harmonization and reconciliation.”
On the security arrangements put in place by the party, he disclosed: “We have a security committee which has been interfacing with the security agencies, reviewing the strategies of not just securing the venue for the convention but also securing the entire Abuja because all these people will be coming into Abuja.
On the outcome of the screening of the 179 aspirants for the various offices, he said “the screening committee finished its assignment yesterday. As we speak, the screening appeals committee is sitting.
After the screening, there is an appeals panel to review the cases of those who feel aggrieved with the outcome of the screening committee’s assignment.
Speaking on speculations that the Presidency was putting pressure on the committee over certain issues, Ndoma Egba dismissed such alleged pressure , saying ;“I am not aware of any pressure from the Villa. In fact, up till date, I have been allowed to do my work as best as I can.”