Tenure extension for APC National Working Committee unconstitutional- President Buhari

Aanya Igomu, Abuja

President Buhari

One year tenure extension of the All Progressives Congress, APC’s National Working Committee, contravenes the constitution of the party and the constitution of the country.

President Muhammadu Buhari stated this at the beginning of the National Executive Committee, NEC meeting of APC currently holding at the party’s Headquarters in Abuja.

The party held a NEC meeting on February 27 this year where a motion was moved and approved to extend the tenure of the National Working Committee and other structures of the party at both the State and local levels for one year.

In spite of the approval of this motion, members of the party have spoken against it and have taken the matter to court.

President Buhari, who quoted article 17 of APC constitution and section 223 of Nigeria’s 1999 Constitution as amended, said the party was contradicting these sections of both constitutions.

“In this circumstance, what is expected of us is to conduct fresh elections once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end, a caretaker committee cannot remedy the situation and it cannot variably act in place of elected officials.

“Furthermore I think if we deviate from the constitution we might be endangering the fortune of our party. If the tenure of the party executives can be faulted then it means that any nominations and primary election that they may conduct can also be faulted.

“This is not to talk of divisions that will arise and is already arising within the party when some of our members feel that they are being denied the right to aspire to executive positions or that internal democracy is not displayed within the party,” President Buhari said.

He urged the party to follow the already approved timetable for congresses which will lead up to an elective national convention where new party leaders will be elected.