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APC convention: 6 Chairmanship aspirants step down, pen emotional letter to Buhari, police struggles to control crowd

The All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently holding its  National Convention scheduled for Saturday, March 26. Delegates for the convention are drawn from the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.

Before this, there has been some crises in the ruling party. Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe state governor and the chairman of APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC),was reportedly removed from office and was replaced with Abubakar Bello, the Niger State governor also a member of the Committee. This generated a lot of crises.

During this period, Governors El Rufai of Kaduna state and Rotimi
Akeredolu criticized the Buni.

Delegates and supporters have been teargassed as security operatives struggled to control entry into the venue of the ongoing All Progressives (APC) National Convention at the Eagle Square in Abuja.

Several persons sustained injuries in the ensuing stampede.

The two entrances into the Square, through the Office of the Head of Service axis as well as the Federal Secretariat car park axis, were jam-packed with hundreds of supporters and delegates that tried to make their way to the venue.

At the Head of Service axis, the crowd overpowered the policemen on guard and pushed the gate wide open and dozens of people, including those who were not accredited, poured in.

The police resorted to teargassing everyone before managing to close the gate and resume admitting only persons accredited despite the rowdiness.



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Then there came speculations that the Caretaker Committee, especially Buni who is allegedly nursing Vice Presidential ambition was planning to postpone the exercise again and combined with the presidential primary election which is to hold between early April and June.

Nasir El-Rufai consequently accused Buni of hiding a court document temporarily restraining the APC from holding its convention on March 26 until a substantive suit has been heard and determined by party leaders.

However, Buni, Bello, some ministers, and top APC big shots went to London to marshal their cases before recuperating Buhari, the leader of the party. Buni reportedly said he would not quit as CECPC chairman unless President Buhari wanted him to do so as claimed by his traducers in the party. 

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