The National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) which was dissolved yesterday following the recommendation of President Muhammadu Buhari, has revealed that they are consulting their lawyers for their next action.
The pro-Oshiomhole group described yesterday’s National Executive Council meeting, where the decision to dissolve the NWC was made, as illegal.
Hillard Eta, the acting National Chairman, and Waziri Bulama, the National Secretary, after the outcome of the NEC meeting, insisted that Victor Giadom who convened the meeting was no longer a member of the NWC.
President Buhari had recommended that the NWC be dissolved during the NEC meeting held on Thursday.
Bashir Ahmad, the president’s aide, confirmed that the NWC was dissolved following the recommendation of the President.
Also, the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum, Governor Atiku Bagudu, confirmed that the NWC had been dissolved. He further revealed that the APC had setup a National Caretaker Committee headed by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
Other members of the new caretaker committee are; Osun State Governor, Isiaka Oyetola, representing the South-West; a former Senate President Ken Nnamani, (South-East), Stella Okorete (women representative), Niger State Governor, Sani Bello (North-Central); Dr James Lalu (the physically challenged), Senator Abubakar Yusuf(Senatè), Akinyemi Olaide (House of Representative), David Leon (South-South), Abba Ari (North-West), Prof Tahir Mamman (North-East) Ismail Ahmed (Youth) and Senator Akpan Udoedehe (Secretary).
Governor Bagudu while speaking to State House Correspondents after the NEC meeting on Thursday, said that all issues in the ruling party had been buried, adding that President Buhari in his opening remarks called for the dissolution of the APC NWC.
The noted that following the dissolution of the NWC, the NEC further setup a caretaker committee to which handle party affairs and also serve as convention planning committee.
“Membership of the caretaker committee were proposed and approved by NEC of our party.
“The Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, was charged with the burden of leading the caretaker and convention planning committee,” Governor Bagudu said.
He also said that the NEC approved the emergence of Pastor Ize Iyamu as the APC governorship candidate in the forthcoming Edo Governorship Election.
“The meeting ratified all decisions that have been taken in Edo State primary election and the screening committee and a name will be forwarded properly to INEC,” Bagudu said.
Giadom had described the APC primary election which produced Ize-Iyamu as illegal because it was organized by the pro-Oshiomhole led NWC even when legally, the party was supposed to be under his leadership at the time.
Pro-Oshiomhole NWC insists NEC meeting illegal
The NWC loyal to the sacked National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, after the NEC meeting which led to their dissolvement, said that Chief Giadom had no authority to convene a NEC meeting.
The group described yesterday’s NEC meeting as illegal.
“The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress wishes to reiterate its earlier position that Chief Victor Giadom has no authority whatsoever to convene a meeting of the National Executive Committee of our great party.
“Article 25(B) of the constitution of the APC is explicit that only the National Chairman or the National Working Committee is given the prerogative of summoning meetings of the National Executive Committee of the party either for statutory quarterly meetings or for emergency meetings. The same provision of the constitution makes it compulsory for a notice of minimum of 14 days in respect of statutory quarterly meetings and seven days in respect of emergency meetings.
“We note that Chief Victor Giadom had convened and conducted a virtual meeting purportedly to be a National Executive Committee meeting of our party wherein certain far- reaching resolutions were purportedly reached. While the National Working Committee is studying the unfolding drama, it will be consulting with stakeholders and team of lawyers on the next line of action
“Therefore, all members of our great party and concerned Nigerians are urged to remain calm pending the outcome of the consultations.”
Governor Buni promises justice for all
Meanwhile, Governor Buni in his statement after his emergence as the APC caretaker chairman, promised that he would ensure every member gets justice.
“As a former two-time national secretary of the party, I know the party very well.
“My plan is 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 will work with me. If you don’t manage crisis, obviously crisis will manage you. So, I won’t allow any crisis to fester henceforth.”
He further stated that the process of convening the NEC meeting was; “a continuation of the last notice that was issued and we said we had adjourned and now it’s a continuation of the last adjourned NEC meeting. All the notices were issued accordingly, so in no way are we in any aberration.”
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