The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday said it envisioned ruling the country for the next 32 years.
The Chairman of Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni, who unfolded the vision, disclosed the party had started working to achieve the plan. Buni, who inaugurated Governor Badru Abubakar-led 65-man Strategy and Contact Committee in Abuja, said APC was prepared to go beyond eight terms in the Presidency.
Jigawa State Governor Abubakar assured the caretaker committee will organise a National Convention in June. He disclosed that 30 million members had been registered during the on-going membership registration and validation billed to end on March 31. Buni said: “The constitution of the Strategy and Contact committee, therefore, is to consolidate the achievements we are making in building a strong party with a solid structure that would stand the test of time. Our vision is to provide a wheel that will drive the party to go beyond 6th, 7th and even 8th term of office, to effectively implement the party manifesto, improve the lives of Nigerians and to remain Nigeria’s leading political party. This committee is, therefore, very key to our process of transition towards successful congresses and national convention and, to establish a very solid, reputable and reliable future for the party”.
The chairman said the setting up of the committee was part of the collective drive of the leadership to recover, rebuild and reposition the party.
He said the caretaker committee had fostered reconciliations and settled irreconcilable differences among critical stakeholders of the party.
Buni added: “If you don’t manage your crisis, your crisis will manage you. I am happy to say that the committee is running an all-inclusive administration, giving all stakeholders and indeed, our members the opportunity to contribute to the onerous task of rebuilding the party.
“The membership registration would provide us with the numerical strength of the party and to serve as a guide towards planning.
“Similarly, the review of the party’s constitution would take care of ambiguous positions and loopholes that have caused confusion and controversies over the years. This will make our party dynamic and to be in tune with changing times.”
The committee’s terms of reference are to establish constructive engagements between critical stakeholders at various levels of the party, to revive confidence and trust among party leaders.