The National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday met for hours to deliberate on how the party would form the government starting from the May 29 handover date.
The meeting, which was held at the party’s national secretariat, Abuja, was the first after its victory at the general elections. It lasted for hours, with a break to receive a British high commissioner at the national chairman’s house in Asokoro, also in Abuja.
According to a source at the meeting, issues relating to power sharing at the National Assembly, composition of transition committee, process for ministerial nomination and a review of the governorship election in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Taraba states were discussed.
The source stated that the interest shown by the newly elected National Assembly members on the platform of the party to lead the Senate and the House of Representatives was of concern to the national leadership of the party.
He said the leadership of the party was trying to find a way to minimise the number of members aspiring to lead the 8th National Assembly.
The source added that the NWC members were setting out criteria for the selection of transition committee members taking into cognizance President-elect Muhammadu Buhari’s opinion on the king of people he wanted in it.
LEADERSHIP recalls that Buhari had last weekend, during a press conference in his hometown Daura, Katsina State, said technocrats would form the bulk of the transition committee.
It was also learnt that last Saturday’s governorship election in Taraba State was discussed and the party’s gubernatorial candidate was said to have briefed the NWC members.
Speaking to journalists shortly after the meeting, the party’s national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, confirmed that the party discussed the formation of the incoming government and other important issues. He said that the meeting, which will continue today, would come up with a final decision.
Mohammed hinted that recommendations had been made to the president-elect for consideration. He also said the party would challenge the outcome of elections in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Taraba states.