Disquiet In APC Over Fresh Plot To Extend Convention Date Beyond February

17/01/2022 8:13:00 AM

Disquiet In APC Over Fresh Plot To Extend Convention Date Beyond February

Disquiet In APC Over Fresh Plot To Extend Convention Date Beyond February

Uncertainty has again enveloped the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) over alleged plot by the party's national leadership to hoodwink members

15 mins ago “We are bringing this new plot of the CECPC to public attention, just as we have done in many other instances, in order to reawaking the consciousness of party members to the reality of Buni leadership of APC and to call on all those concerned to prevail on him not to toy with the February date for the national convention.of the party.Published 16 January 2022 BOLA BAMIGBOLA writes that in spite of the forthcoming governorship election in Osun State, the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party are still enmeshed in political crisis Less than seven months to the governorship election in Osun State, two major political parties; the ruling All Progressives Congress and the main opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, have continued to grapple with internal crises.) in the state, Ahmadu Danzago, who took the position on the intervention of the court.

ADVERTISEMENT “If the CECPC is serious about holding the national convention, February 19 is a good date and the time to start preparing for it is now.Rather than planting dates and stories in the media, the CECPC should come out with a clear position and timetable for the much awaited national convention.Already, there is palpable tension in the camp of Ganduje over the possible jettison of his factional APC chairman, Abdullahi Abbas, who has been struggling to sustain his position after being thrown out by the court.” Accordingly, the stakeholders recommend February 19 2022 as appropriate date for the convention.Going by the time-table released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, the governorship election being the fifth since the return of democracy in 1999 would hold on July 17, 2022.They warned that “any attempt by the Buni-led Caretaker Committee to move the convention any further under any guise will be resisted by all means possible.Revealing the Ganduje visit to Haruna Zago on Saturday, the governor’s New Media Adviser, Aminu Abubakar, said his boss visited the APC factional chairman to condole him for losing his brother.“The APC Rebirth also use this opportunity to call for the rejigging of the membership of the Caretaker Committee.Also in the governor’s entourage were some members of his cabinet.

Aside from the obvious travesty of being in contravention of section 183 of the Constitution of Federal Republic of Nigeria which forbids sitting governors from the membership of the committee, the continuous stay of Governor Gboyega Oyetola of Osun State especially is a disrespect to our laws and morals.Previous rulings of the court on November 30 and December 17, 2021, were also against Ganduje’s faction.In APC, Oyetola battles Aregbesola’s men APC, the ruling party in Osun, has not known peace since the formation of ‘The Osun Progressives’, a group backed by the Interior Minister, Rauf Aregbesola.“The governor, who will be standing as an aspirant in the forthcoming governorship primary election in Osun State cannot be a judge in his own case.He should therefore relinquish his membership of the Caretaker Committee, considering that CECPC may prepare and most likely conduct the primary election for the number one seat in Osun State.Related Topics:.“With our established reputation for respecting laws and rules, the APC cannot continue to disregard a clear constitutional provision as regards the composition of the Caretaker Committee.Also, the group (The Osun Progressives) had listed the dumping of certain policies initiated by Aregbesola, clampdown on anyone that associated with the ex-state helmsman, and acceptance of former Osun deputy governor, Senator Iyiola Omisore, into the APC as some of the ‘sins’ committed by Oyetola.It is therefore incumbent on all APC leaders, especially President Muhammadu Buhari, to prevail on all the governors in the party’s Caretaker Committee to resign forthwith,” they concluded.On December 17, the court affirmed its decision after rejecting a motion filed by the Mr Ganduje-led faction asking the court to stay execution and set aside the judgment.

ADVERTISEMENT Convention: APC Governors In Closed Door Meeting Meanwhile, Governors of the All Progressives Congress (APC) under the auspices of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) last night met to deliberate on some knotty issues within the party, particularly its national convention which has been shrouded in controversy.This is coming just as uncertainty has again enveloped the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) over alleged plot by the party’s national leadership to hoodwink members into accepting extension of its much expected national convention.Beside the fact that the ruling party which has been factionalised into Ileri Oluwa Group, loyal to Oyetola, and led by Prince Adegboyega Famoodun and TOP, loyal to the former governor, Aregbesola, many bigwigs in the APC have also been weighing their options and pitching tent with either of the two camps.The meeting if the progressive governors which started at about 8:30pm took place behind closed doors at the Kebbi state Governor’s Lodge in Asokoro.Although the outcome of the meeting was still unknown as of the time of filing this report, LEADERSHIP gathered that discussions on the date for the national convention and zoning of party offices topped the meeting’s agenda.The party had been in disarray over the date for the convention, with some party stakeholders insisting that it must hold on February 5, while others are maintaining their ground that it should hold on a later date simultaneously with the party’s presidential primaries.While Aregbesola’s men had placed demands for Oyetola’s resignation from the APC interim national leadership, ratification of congresses conducted by the group and recognition of its members by government before the Abudulahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee, the group has also said it would not withdraw the case it instituted against the ward congress until it got favourable decision from the party’s leadership.Ruling on Thursday, the judge, Mr Muazu, struck out the applications on the basis that he had lost jurisdiction to hear the case, the records of appeal having been transmitted to the Court of Appeal.

There were indications at the weekend that the leadership of the APC had bowed to pressure and settled for February 25 as a new date to hold the convention instead of February 5.Our sister publication, LEADERSHIP Weekend, reported on Saturday that the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) headed by Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, had conceded to the demands of party stakeholders to hold the convention at a later date in February instead of on the 5th as earlier scheduled, hence the decision to shift it to February 25.The meeting last night, it was learnt, was convened to either ratify the February 25 date for the convention or shift the exercise to March.There should be a level playing ground.This followed fresh protest by party stakeholders that the February 25 date is a ploy by the national caretaker committee to buy time since the period coincided with the by-elections in various states slated on February 25 and 26 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).Among governors in attendance at the meeting were the party’s caretaker committee chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State; Dapo Abiodun (Ogun), Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Abubakar Sani Bello (Niger).

Others are Mohammed Abubakar Badaru (Jigawa), Bello Matawalle (Zamfara), Dave Umahi (Ebonyi), Gboyega Oyetola (Osun), Babajide Sanwoolu (Lagos), Simon Bako Lalong (Plateau) and Abdullahi Sule (Nasarawa).For the governor to contest for the APC ticket at the primary, he should quit the caretaker committee..

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