The National Caretaker Committee of Nigeria’s governing party, All Progressives Congress, APC said that it does not intend to elongate its tenure as being speculated.
Chairman of the caretaker committee, Mai-Mala Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State, made the clarification on Tuesday, while addressing State House Correspondents, soon after the committee met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Mai-Mala Buni said they were in the State House to present the time-table of the revalidation of members of the party across the country, in line with the provisions of the APC constitution.
He said the process was part of their mandate of rebuilding the party at all levels, so as to boost its momentum ahead of future elections.
“we had a meeting with the President. It was purely consultative and in line with the assignment given to us by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party under the able leadership of Mr President, he said.
“It’s to consult with him on the process of the membership registration. As from today, we are commencing with sensitization. Thereafter, it will culminate into membership registration across over 119,000 polling units in the country. It is part of our mandate as bestowed on us by National Executive Committee to rebuild this party bottom up.
“I have to read the section of the APC Constitution to you to clearly understand where we are coming from. In accordance of section 9.4 of the Constitution of the All Progressives Congress (October 2014 as Amended), The Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee consulted all stakeholders and have organized for membership registration. The said Section 9.4 provide as follows:
“A Register of members shall be compiled and maintained at the Ward Level and be transmitted to the Secretariat of the Party at the Local Government Area, which shall transmit a copy to the State Headquarters, National Secretariat. Provided that the Party shall update its membership records every six months and remit updated copies to appropriate Secretariats. Thereafter, it shall be the responsibility of a member to ensure that his or her name is duly entered in the Ward Register.” So, this is the constitutional provision of our party in line with our membership registration.”
Buni said the caretaker committee met with all stakeholders of the party, including State Chairmen and non-national working committee members, among others.
He said members of the caretaker committee know that their job is ad-hoc and they don’t have the power to elongate their tenure as the power to do so lies with the National Executive Committee of the party.
“On the rumours of the committee elongating its tenure, these are false. The committee is at the mercy of the party’s National Executive Committee and only they have the power to end or elongate our tenure.
“The National Executive Committee will meet before the end of the year to work out a proper timetable for the party,” he said.
On the 14-day ultimatum given for committee to step down by some members of the party, Buni stated that everyone has the freedom of expression however, the National Executive Committee has issued no ultimatum to the caretaker committee.
He, however, was not definitive on when a party convention is likely to hold, but said “it will happen soon.”
The APC caretaker committee Chairman said the committee is operating within the limits of its mandate and it has so far reconciled so many members of the party that hitherto left due to grudges they felt were irreconcilable.
Source: Voice of Nigeria