The coalition of All Progressives Congress Support Groups (APCSG) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to reconsider his stance on tenure extension for the current members of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC).
The current administrative structure of the party and its executives at all levels which came into office in 2013 is expected to be replaced by June 2018.
LEADERSHIP reports that in spite of the popularity of the idea among those present at the February 27 meeting, President Buhari noted that the party needed to follow its own constitution. Adding that the current members of the NEC should seek re-election if they wanted to stay on in their positions.
A statement jointly signed by the convener, APC Youth Solidarity Network, Prince Danisi Momoh and the coordinator Grassroot Mobilization for Buhari/Osinbajo 2019, Comrade Japhet Echegwo on behalf of the coalition yesterday, said although the president is entitled to take a personal position as a member of NEC, the president’s decision is politically counter-productive.
It said if the administrative cadre of the party is reconstituted in June 2018, only about two months would be available for the party to organise congresses nationwide and the national convention to choose state and national candidates including the presidential candidate as well as design strategy, manifesto and other programmes for the general elections.
The statement reads in part: “Coupled with the crisis the party is battling with in many states and many important activities of the party this year and the available time, NEC found it unwise to embark on a wholesale replacement of the executive cadre of the party at all levels at a time so close to the general elections.
“For clarity, NEC, unarguably the second most powerful party organ is a hybrid of senior party leaders composed of the president, vice president, party’s governors, National Assembly leadership, National Working Committee, state chairmen and ex-officio members from the six geo-political zones of the country.
“Against the backdrop of the president’s constitutional queries on the tenure extension approved by NEC for party executives, the extension does not confer substantive status on party executives as they will serve in acting capacities for 12 months. Besides, NEC derived the power to make the decision from Section 13.3 of the party’s constitution.”
Procedurally, the statement said a move to reverse NEC’s decision could only be done if NEC reverses itself or the party’s convention votes to nullify it.
“A reversal cannot be effected by a personal position taken by the president or any other NEC member, as being suggested in some quarters particularly the media.
“The wisdom in the decision of NEC to delay the intra-party election by one year through the tenure extension is widely acknowledged by all members,” the statement added.