Tenure elongation: Buhari decision saves APC

30 March, 2018, 00:45 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • President Buhari rejects APC Chairman John Oyegun's Tenure Elongation

President Muhammadu Buhari has advised members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress wishing to retain their positions or aspire for another to resign and re-contest in line with the party's constitution.

Those joined as respondents in the suit included the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the APC, the party's national chairman, Oyegun and the National Organising Secretary, Senator Osita Izunaso.

The position of Buhari is no doubt a surprise to party leaders, in the sense that the national chairman had enjoyed the confidence of the president.

However, Mr Abdullahi said that the decision of NEC to extend tenure of party officials by one year still subsisted pending the outcome of the task of the committee.

Nigeria's ruling party could face a stormy future ahead of next year's elections as President Muhammadu Buhari called for the reversal of a one-year tenure extension recently granted the party chief and other top members. And what I found is that it contravenes both our party Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

"This is a way of disgracing him before Nigerians and entire world that President has no say in his own party".

Kekemeke said the President though acted late but had saved the party from the crisis by showing he is a defender of democracy and constitution.

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Perhaps president Buhari was playing safe, as he hangs his decision on article 17 (1) and 13.2 (b) of the constitution of the party and section 223 of the 1999 constitution as amended.

Buhari explained, however, that it was expected that a fresh elections be conducted once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end.

"The President has just shown to us that he is a defender of the constitution of the party and of our nation, as the Chief Executive of our country who must lead by examples".

"A caretaker committee can not remedy this situation and can not validly act in place of elected officers". Furthermore, I think if we the constitutional provisions we might be endangering the fortunes of our party.

"Moreover, President Buhari has affirmed for all to see that our party is one based on the rule of law coupled with a firm adherence to internal democracy". I think this should be allowed to go forward and all efforts should be geared towards making the timetable a great success.

He told the National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja on Tuesday that he had sought advice on the elongation, and had come to the conclusion that it was unconstitutional.

The party further asked government to look at the allegations of graft levied against Adebayo Shittu, the Minister of Communication, who has "Been accused of owing his aides N13m; that he has no fewer than 12 houses across the nation; bought a N93m printing press; bought 25 luxury cars for his personal use, among others".

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