Miffed by the lingering crisis in his party
apart, President Muhammadu Buhari
yesterday read the riot act to members of
the All Progressives Party (APC), warning
sternly that henceforth there would be
dire consequences for those who choose to disregard the party’s directives.
To start with, the president directed
members of the party to withdraw all
pending litigations and present themselves for internal conciliation.
Buhari sounded the warning at an
emergency meeting of the APC National
Executive Committee (NEC) held on a
virtual platform at the presidential villa to find lasting solution to the recent leadership crisis rocking the party.
The emergency NEC meeting adopted all
the recommendations by the president and appointed Yobe State governor, Mallam Mai Buni, as caretaker national chairman of the APC, while Senator John Akpanudoede was designated caretaker national secretary.
As part of measures to end the party crisis, NEC which is the second high decision making body of the party after the National Convention dissolved the party’s National Working Committee (NWC).
In its stead, the APC constituted a national caretaker/extra-ordinary convention committee chaired by Governor Buni who was immediately sworn in by the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami.
Members of the caretaker committee
include Niger State governor, Sani Bello
from North Central; governor of Osun State, Isiaka Oyetola from South West; former Senate president, Ken Nnamani from South East; Stella Okorete, representing women; Dr James Lalu, representing the physically challenged, Senator Abubakar Yusuf, representing Senate; Hon Akinyemi Olaide, representing the House of Representatives; David Lyon, representing South South; Abba Ari, representing North West; Prof
Tahir Mamman representing North East;
Ismail Ahmed, representing the youth and John J Akpanudoedehe, secretary of the committee.
Speaking during the NEC meeting,
President Buhari cautioned APC members that the gains of the party could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people.
He urged members of the party to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the party.
A statement by presidential spokesman,
Femi Adesina, quoted Buhari as saying:
“Fellow party members, this is a very crucial moment in the life of our party and it is with a deep sense of concern that I stand before you today to speak as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has been elected on the platform of our great party –
the All Progressives Congress.
“The issues currently confronting our
party at this time are such that should worry every party member. At the moment, our great party is faced with internal wrangling; there are on-going litigations amongst some party members and we cannot clearly ascertain the status of certain National Working Committee (NWC) members.’’
The president expressed worry over
what he described as the shifting loyalty
within the party and the inconsistency in
leadership which he said had exposed the governing party to mockery.
which we are confident”.
Buni-led APC Writes INEC, Fixes Ondo
Guber Primary For July 20
Meanwhile, in its first assignment upon
assumption of office, the Mai Mala Buniled caretaker committee of the APC has written the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) introducing the party’s 13-member committee to the commission and also slating its Ondo governorship primary election for July 20.The letter dated June 25, 2020 was signed by Governor Buni and the secretary of the committee, Senator John J. Akpanudoedehe.
The letter reads: “I wish to please inform
your Commission that, the National
Executive Committee (NEC) of our great
party at its 8th resumed meeting on
Thursday, 25th June, 2020 approved the
immediate dissolution of the National
Working Committee (NWC).
“The National Executive Committee also
constituted a National Caretaker/ExtraOrdinary National Convention Planning Committee”.
On the conduct of governorship primary
election in Ondo state, the party asked
the electoral empire to “kindly arrange the monitoring of the exercise accordingly.”
Non-NWC Forum Dissolves Excos
Meanwhile a forum of the Non-National
Working Committee of the APC (Non-NWC NEC) has dissolved its executive following the dissolution of the National Working Committee.
He stated: “There are also other associated disputes as to the legitimacy or otherwise of holders of certain National Offices of the Party. The Party is also contending with judicial claims and counter-claims, Orders and Counter Orders and indeed Judgments and Counter-Judgments that are predominantly at cross-purposes.
“Confronted with these issues, it is
obvious that the fortunes of the party
are currently in jeopardy, administration
of our party is becoming impossible and
there is consequently an urgent need for
intervention to immediately arrest further drifts and internal wrangling which may lead to total disintegration.
“What we see clearly emerging, is that we are beginning to self-destruct. This, my dear party members, is not just regrettable but utterly gut-wrenching.’’
Accordingly, President Buhari proposed
that “the meeting may adopt the developed resolution as contained in the agenda and pass resolutions including: approving the immediatediscontinuation of all pending litigations involving the party and its members; ratifying the primary election conducted in Edo State; dissolving the current National Working Committee, and appointing/ caretakerExtra ordinary Convention Planning committee for the party.’’
He further reiterated the need to
discontinue all litigations involving
members of the party, which were connected to issues of the party, adding: “The directive had been issued before, unfortunately some members failed to heed the directive. Thus, at this time, it must be made a Resolution of the Party which must be effectively enforced with dire consequences for members who choose to ignore the directive.”
The president said in order to return to
the “winning ways”, the APC must maintain cohesion by closing its ranks.
“We must be alive to the time and the task that is before us. As we all know, we are immediately confronted with the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States. Therefore, this is the time to get our acts together.’’
Speaking to State House correspondents
after the meeting, chairman of the
Progressive Governors Forum and Kebbi
State governor, Atiku Bagudu, said the
dissolution of the NWC was a unanimous
decision of the NEC which was well
He expressed delight that the issues
bedeviling the party had been laid to rest
by the momentous decision at the meeting which was also attended by Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate president, deputy Senate president, Speaker of the House, deputy Speaker and APC governors.
Governor Bagudu said, “His excellency the Governor of Yobe State was charged with the burden of leading the caretaker and convention planning committee. Among the committee are also other governors.
“We are indeed very grateful that
the President and the NEC expressed
confidence in the governors by appointing this distinguished personalities and we are happy that today the issues bedeviling our party have been laid to rest by this momentous decisions”.
He congratulated the president for
intervening in the matter affecting the
party, urging party members not to distract him.
Governor Bagudu also disclosed that NEC
ratified the decisions taken by the NWC
as regards the Edo State gubernatorial
He continued: “Equally, the meeting
ratified all decisions that have being taken in Edo State primaries and screening primaries and a name will be forwarded properly to INEC, the name of our candidate in the Edo gubernatorial elections and equally the schedule of activities that will commence the Ondo State primaries which by God’s grace we will also be presenting a candidate will commence under the leadership of the caretaker committee.
“We thank all our supporters for putting
faith in our party and our party leaders
for all the support they have been giving
Mr President to achieve this wonderful
On his part, Yobe State governor said the
caretaker committee has a timeline of six
months to convene the national convention.
He said, “As a former two-time national
secretary of the party, I know the party very well. It’s all about doing justice to every
member of the party because without justice there won’t be peace and it is all about team play. I am a team player. I have a capable team that can work with me.
“If you don’t manage crisis, obviously
crisis will manage you, so I won’t allow any crisis to fester henceforth and the process of convening this NEC. I want to tell you that it is a continuation of the last notice that was issued and we said we have adjourned and now it’s a continuation of the last adjourned NEC meeting. All the notices were issued accordingly, so it is not an aberration.
He also dismissed insinuations that the
dissolvement of the NWC was done to
whittle down the powers of the national
leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
He explained: “You mentioned the name
of one of our leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, a founding father of this party. We are all together to rescue this party from all this.
Nobody is happy with the situation under which the party is now operating because we are in court for various problems and crisis.
“So this decision was taken by NEC to
address some of these issues. So nobody is targeted and it is against nobody. Asiwaju is one of the leaders of this party and a founding father of the party”.
On the timeline of the convention he said, “The duration of office is for six months within which we will do whatever we can as enshrined in our constitution and ensure that we strengthen the party and cap it up with the convention”. On the crisis in the states, he said, “NEC is the highest organ of the party, if not convention and by our constitution, NEC can act for convention in between.
Whatever that happened during the last
NWC culminating in Edo primaries has
already been ratified by NEC. So we are good to go. All litigations will be withdrawn”.
APC State Chairmen Back Sack Of NWC
The forum of state chairmen of the APC
yesterday applauded the dissolution of the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC by NEC.
The group spokesperson, Malam Lawal
Liman, expressed optimism that the party would be further strengthened with the decision to put in place the governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee to oversee the affairs of the party.
Liman who is chairman of the Zamfara
State chapter of the party said, “We have
said times without number that APC is a
strong party because we have a strong leader and the NEC has finally taken a decision Addressing a news conference shortly after the NEC meeting in Abuja, the new acting publicity secretary of the forum, Muhammad Sani Ibrahim, said the Nelson Alapa-pled non-NWC forum was dissolved based on the decision of majority of the members.
The new officers to run the activities
of the forum include acting chairman,
Hon Abuja Fakai; acting secretary, David
Okumagba and acting publicity secretary, Hon Muhammed Sani Ibrahim.
Ibrahim said, “On behalf of the majority
members of the non-NWC, I am saddled
to announce the decision of the members
of the NEC to express the displeasure of
the members due to the leadership failure, ineffectiveness, uncooperative attitude, lack of transparency and accountability in stewardship, financial misappropriation and party unfaithfulness.
Again, It’s Obaseki Vs Ize-Iyamu For
Edo Governorship Race
Meanwhile, Edo State governor, Godwin
Obaseki, yesterday emerged the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP) governorship
candidate at the party’s primary election
conducted in Benin City, the state capital.
Obaseki’s emergence has set the stage for
his second battle with Pastor Osagie IzeIyamu, who emerged the APC candidate last Monday, ahead of the September 19 Governorship election.
Ironically, while Obaseki was the APC
governorship candidate four years ago, IzeIyamu was PDP candidate.
Obaseki’s emergence as the APC candidate was made easy as three other aspirants stepped down for him following intensive consultation and lobby among top echelons of the party.
Aspirants that stepped down from the
race are Barrister Ken Imansuagbon, Engr Gideon Ikhine and Hon Ogbeide Ihama.
A total of 2,292 delegates from all the
192 wards in Edo State converged at the
renovated Dr Samuel Ogbemudia state after accreditation was done at three separate venues.
Speaking at the venue of the primary,
chairman of the primary election committee and governor of Bauchi State, Senator Bala Muhammed, said PDP has learnt hard lessons from their past mistakes and would not allow a repeat of history.
Earlier in his speech, the PDP state
chairman, Mr Tony Aziegbemhin said he
had earlier promised them that he was going to return the party to the Osadebe Avenue and that today, he has kept to his promise.
He said Edo State has been known as a
PDP state and that whenever the state gets it right, the entire states of the federation will equally get it right too.
He said the party has crossed the first
hurdle and left with the other which is the election proper. Clears15 Political Parties For Polls.
Meanwhile, resident electoral
commissioner (REC) of Edo State, Dr
Johnson Alalibo Samikiem said 15 political parties have registered with the commission to contest the forthcoming governorship election slated for September 19 this year
in the state.
Samikiem who said this at the mail bowl of the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin, said the commission was prepared to conduct a hitch-free governorship election in the
The REC who was at the stadium to
monitor the PDP governorship primary
in the state said the Commission has
no challenges in preparation for the
governorship election in the shortest time he was posted to the state.
“INEC is fully prepared to conduct a free
and credible election in the state. And to
this regard, we have 15 political parties
who have registered with us to participate in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
Speaking on the primary of the PDP,
Samikiem expressed satisfaction on the
conduct, just as he said it was in line with the electoral law as regards COVID-19
regulations Act.Ondo Monarchs Endorse Akeredolu For 2nd TermMeanwhile, traditional rulers in Ondo
state, under the Ondo Council of Obas,
yesterday endorsed the state ghovernor,
Arakunrin Oluwarotimi Akeredolu (SAN)
for a second term in Office.
The traditional rulers were led by
its chairman and paramount ruler of
Ugbo Kingdom, Oba Frederick Obateru
Akinruntan, the Olugbo of Ugbo.
The traditional rulers include the Deji of
Akure, Oba Aladetoyinbo Aladelusi; Olowo of Owo, Oba Gbadegesin Ajibade Ogunoye III, Olukare of Ikare, Oba Akadiri Momoh; Olubaka of Oka, Oba Yusuf Adebori Adeleye, Abodi of Ikale land, Oba Babatunde Faduyile , Jegun of Idepe in Okitipupa, Oba Micheal Obatuga Adetoye and the Kalasuwe of Apoi land, Oba Sunday Adejimola Amuseghan among others monarchs from across the 18 local government areas of the state.
Addressing journalists yesterday, Oba
Akinruntan said Governor Akeredolu has
done well in the state and deserves a second term.
He said the performance of the Governor
attracted his endorsement by the Royal
Fathers in the state.Olugbo disclosed that the council of Obas in the state had already set up a commitee in the three senatorial districts to work on the emergence of Governor Akeredolu and his reelection.
He said; “We looked at what he has done,
particularly the Ore Flyover.
Before now, I told someone I was scared
to pass through that road since the day I
met 18 people dead in an accident on the
road. But now look at what Akeredolu has done for us.
“That bridge is like Lagos and the United
States brigde. Look at the way he embraced all the Obas in the state. He has been fantastic. We have not done this for any governor before. These are the Obas from the 18 local government areas of the state. We have set up a Senatorial committee to work for the Governor.
“Those who are contesting with the
Governor are wasting their time and
resources. They should wait for him for
another four years and let Aketi finish his second term.
“We looked at the things he has done.
Look at the roads in Akure. In Okitipupa,
in Akoko. We have three senatorial districts. On the 10th of July, we are coming here for a meeting to talk about how Akeredolu will emerge. He will complete his 8 year in office.”