Following the racket during the convention which was brought about by a heavy rain at about 1.40am with a disruption by the wind as it scattered ballot boxes, canopies and public address systems for the voting process of the outstanding party offices, this however didn’t deter the continuation of the convention, even though delegates ran for shelter, as Senator Chris Ngige announced that the APC would in November this year hold another national convention to elect its presidential candidate.
During the convention, former head of state, retired General Muhammadu Buhari described the 2015 general election, “as the watershed for the country” while former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, said the general election, “would bring to end the era of impunity that had allegedly characterized the administration of President Goodluck Jonathan.”
Adding to that, Buhari said: “No matter what you have, if you can not sleep in your N100 million mansion with both eyes closed, what is the need for the money? If your children cannot go to school and come back to the house safely, what is the use of life itself? If you cannot go home for Christmass and New Year because you can be abducted and money demanded of you, what is the use such government? A government is supposed to secure and manage our resources. This government has failed and the fundamental objective of the APC is to secure and manage this country.”
The former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, described the convention as “history had been made with the success of the convention.”
Another leader of the party and former governor of Borno State, Senator Ali Modu Sherif said, “the party had made history in the Nigerian political history.”
Also addressing party members, the Chairman of the convention, Sokoto State Governor, Alhaji Aliyu Wammako said “APC was on Nigeria’s rescue mission destined to bring the party out of the woes it has been dragged into.”
An incident occurred earlier in the day when about 100 delegates stormed the APC convention committee secretariat in Central Area of Abuja alleging plot by some leaders from the zone to divert their accreditation tags to another faction of state executives loyal to their interests. The protesters later attacked one of the party’s officials and were beating up a middle aged man before security operatives were called in to restore order.
As a result of the squabble, Ebonyi and Abia states had most of their delegates stranded and could not take their reserved seats at the stand.
Supporters of presidential aspirants took over the streets around the convention venue, displaying banners and posters of their candidates amidst drumming and dancing. Presidential aspirants whose posters were prominent included Buhari and Atiku.