APC inaugurates committee on tenure extension

Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) has inaugurated a technical committee to look into the legal implications of the recent decision to extend the tenure of its National Working Committee (NWC) and other party executives at the state and local levels by one year.

The committee is also expected to look into President Muhammadu Buhari’s stand against the tenure extension.

The APC National Chairman, Mr. John Odigie-Oyegun while inaugurating the committee at the party’s Headquarters in Abuja, said some of the issues that have been remitted to the committee for resolution are strongly legal, adding that the matter also impacted dramatically on political considerations.

Your job is to bring these two together and advice us on the way we can implement our activities in the next few weeks and months in a way that is politically advantageous to our party, the APC and at the same time face due difference to the niceties of the law.

We must observe the law and at the same time ensure that we try to do things that will be advantageous to the party. We will furnish you with all the documents like the resolutions of NEC, the party’s constitution and the Nigeria constitution to help you do a good job.

You are also at liberty to request for additional material like the statement of Mr President during last NEC meeting and every other thing to guide you achieve the task you are about to undertake. I am praying, hoping that this is the kind of thing you can accomplish in about three to four days.

Getting answers from you is crucially time sensitive and depending on which way you advice, we may have to put in motion very serious activities in the party virtually within a week of getting the report and taking decisions. I thank you for accepting this onerous assignment and wish you the very best of luck Oyegun said.

The ten member committee is to be chaired by the Governor of Plateau State, Simon Lalong.

While fielding questions from journalists, chairman of the committee, Governor Simon Lalong faulted the notion that the talks centred around the national leader of the party, Mr. Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is opposed to the tenure elongation decision.

The discussion there was not anything against Tinubu. Tinubu’s name was not mentioned in that discussion. The discussion was a NEC decision on the way forward on the position of the President who is also a member of the NEC and that was subjected to discussion. So the issue of whether it is satisfying somebody is not there. Our decision is not going to be final. We will only advice the NEC on the issue Lalong said.

On his part, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, who is also a member of the committee said the controversy was needless since the NEC did not extend the tenure of the Oyegun led NWC and party officials across the country.

Let me let everybody know that the issue has nothing to do with tenure elongation. You journalists are the ones to advice or lead in the discussions. By law, nobody can extend their tenure. The usage of that word is totally wrong.

There was no time at our NEC we took the decision to get their tenure to be elongated. There was a clear resolution of NEC and all it asked for is for the existing committee not to extend their tenure.

We cannot in law extend their tenure but we can have them work in an acting capacity or work as caretaker for some time not over twelve months. That on its own is not tenure elongation. It is not the intention of APC to elongate anybody’s tenure Akeredolu said.

Other members of the committee include the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Governor Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Governor Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (Kaduna), Senator Ben Uwajomogu, Rep Kabiru Ajana, Mr Elisha Kurah (SAN), Mr C.J.N Dakas (SAN) and the National Legal Adviser of the party, Muiz Banire who is also the secretary of the committee.

Source: Voice of Nigeria