Ahead of the presidential primary and extraordinary national convention of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), the chairman of the convention planning committee and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, yesterday, promised that the exercise would be hitch-free.
Some 2,340 delegates are billed to elect the party’s flag bearer for the presidential poll on February 18 next year.
Bagudu, who spoke during the inauguration of 19 national convention sub-committees at the national secretariat of the party in Abuja, said efforts are in top gear towards achieving a successful event.
He expressed gratitude to the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Working Committee (NWC) for steering the party to the historic moment.
He said: “This event is not a new thing in our great party. It is expected that when we hold such a big event, like the national convention, we make sure we have a befitting outing.”
The secretariat has lately been a beehive of activities, with governors and members of the convention organising committee holding meetings to ensure the successful conduct of the exercise.
Presidential aspirants cleared by the party to participate in the primaries are Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Senate President Ahmed Lawan, Senators Ibikunle Amosun and Ajayi Borrofice, Governors Yahaya Bello (Kogi), Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti), and Ogbonaya Onu, Chibuike Amaechi, Chukwuemeka Nwajiuba and Tein Jack-Rich.
At the Eagle Square venue of the primaries, artisans and various adhoc staff of the party were seen putting finishing touches to the podium and other facilities.