The All Progressives Congress (APC) says it will take steps to fill the vacant leadership positions in the party after the governorship elections in Kogi and Bayelsa states.

The decision was taken by the leadership of the ruling party at a recent meeting with the leadership of the Forum of APC State Chairmen.

Speaking on the delay in filling the vacant positions, the APC National Vice-Chairman (South-West), Bankole Oluwajana told journalists that the leadership of the party was aware of the need to fill the positions.

Oluwajana said: “You don’t rush into things like that. We have to plan. We need to hold convention and you don’t plan to hold a convention when you have elections ahead of you. We have Kogi and Bayelsa states’ governorship elections. We don’t want distractions.

“The constitution is clear on the processes to take. That’s why you have people in acting capacity but I must tell you that consultations are ongoing.

“When the zones are ready they will come up with their nominations. Also there must be proper communication at all levels of the party but that is not to rule out possible lobbying of leaders of the party by those interested.

“The states will send their nominations to the zonal convention and for onward transmission to the NWC for necessary action.”

The vacant positions to be filled include that of the National Secretary which  became vacant following the swearing-in of the last occupant, Mai Mala Buni as Yobe State governor.

Others are the Deputy National Chairman (South) previously occupied by Otunba Niyi Adebayo before his recent appointed as the Minister of Industries, Trade and Investment while the National Auditor of the party, George Moghalu has also been appointed as the Managing Director of the National Inland Waterways Authority.