APC caretaker committee declares readiness to move party forward

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By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) caretaker committee, Maimala Buni says he is poised to reposition the party for greater success.

He made the declaration in an interview with State House Correspondents at the end of Thursday’s emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee meeting of the party, which took place at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, said he would ensure justice for all members of the party, and also carry every member of the party along.

He said: “As a former two-term National Secretary of the APC, I know the party very well and it is all about doing justice to every member of the party because without justice there wouldn’t be peace.

“It is all about team play, I am a team player and I have a capable team that can work with me and if you don’t manage a crisis, obviously the crisis will manage you so I won’t allow any crises to fester henceforth.

Buni said the party has six months within which to work and also organise the party’s convention, to elect new leaders.

“The duration of the caretaker committee is six months within which we would do whatever we can as enshrined in our constitution to ensure that we strengthen the party and cap it up with the convention.” Due Process
The caretaker committee Chairman said due process and provisions of the APC constitution were followed in convening the NEC meeting that gave birth to the caretaker committee he now heads.

“About the process of convening this NEC, I want to tell you that it is a continuation of the party’s last notice, where we said we had adjourned and now, that is a continuation of the adjourned NEC meeting, all the notices were issued accordingly so in a no way are we in any aberration,” he said.

While clearing the air on insinuations in some quarters that the emergency NEC was summoned to spite the party’s stalwart, former Governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, Buni said:“Bola Tinubu is one of our leaders and a founding father of this party, I want to say nobody is happy with the current situation under which the party is operating and we are all working together to rescue the party. So, this decision was taken by NEC to address some of the issues so nobody is targeted and it is against nobody. Tinubu is a founding father of this party and one of our leaders. That is all I can say for now.”

Edo Primaries
The caretaker committee Chairman said Thursday’s NEC also rectified the emergence of Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as the winner of the party’s primary election in Edo State.

Ize-Iyamu won the party’s primary after polling 27, 838 votes to defeat his rivals, Pius Odubu who garnered 3,776 votes and Osaro Obaze who got 2,724 votes.

The NEC also said all litigations in the court across the country would be withdrawn for peace to reign.

The Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, who doubles as the Chairman of Progressive Governors’ Forum, revealed the names of members of the caretaker committee.

“We just held our NEC meeting, where among other items, President Buhari in his speech called for the dissolution of the National Working Committee and appointment in its place, a caretaker committee, which will also serve as convention planning committee.

“In response to his request, the membership of the caretaker committee were proposed and approved by the NEC of our party and Yobe State Governor, Maimala Buni was saddled with the burden of leading that caretaker and convention planning committee and among the committee are also the Governor of Niger State, Abubakar Bello, representing the North-Central zone and the Governor of Osun State, Gboyega Oyetola reptesenting the South-West.

“The committee also has other illustrious members of the party, where the and we are indeed very grateful that the President and the NEC expressed confidence in the Governros and these illustrious members of the party,” Bagudu stated.

He said participants at the NEC meeting were happy that with the latest development, the crisis rocking the party has been laid to rest.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim

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