No fewer than 7,000 delegates are set to consent to President Muhammadu Buhari’s nomination as the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the 2019 elections.
Gov. Kashim Shettima of Borno and Deputy Chairman of the APC Presidential Convention Planning Committee said the delegates will converge at the Eagle Square, Abuja for the ratification.
Shettima made this known while briefing newsmen on the party’s preparations ahead of the convention.
The delegates are drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT), Shettima said.
He disclosed that the convention committee on security was working closely with security agencies to ensure a hitch-free exercise.
“We moved the convention time from 9.00 a.m to 2.00 p.m deliberately to accommodate delegates that are coming from far and near.
“Incidentally, people from Kogi for instance, can leave and be in Abuja within three hours, but believe me, all our delegates will be on ground by 2.00 p.m,” he said.
Shettima stressed that the presidential convention was to ratify the nomination of President Buhari as the APC presidential candidate for the 2019 election.
“Let me assure you that the nomination and ratification of the candidacy of President Buhari is a commitment to service, progress and quality change.
“The convention is a special one for the emergence of our presidential flag bearer; no other issue will be tabled.
“In subsequent conventions, and the National Working Committee (NWC) and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings, other issues can be discussed and sorted out,” he said.
Shettima added that votes cast for President Buhari during the party’s recent presidential primaries held across the federation and the FCT would be revealed at the convention.
The APC Expression of Interest and Nomination forms were purchased for President Buhari by the Nigeria Consolidation Ambassadors’ Network on Sept. 5, at the cost of 45 million.
The President, who is the APC sole presidential aspirant, while submitting the forms, on Sept. 12, said; “I am taking this step with all humility, sense of responsibility and unquestionable desire to serve and protect the interest of all Nigerians.
“Let me today, appeal to party members not to be complacent but to prepare, strategize and win 2019 elections.”