Tenure Elongation: APC’s NEC Snubs Buhari

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  • Reaffirms Feb 28 decision       

BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The All Progressives Congress (APC) has rejected President Muhammadu Buhari’s proposal on reversal of tenure extension for its Party officials, insisting that the decision on National Working Committee (NWC) led by Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun still stands.

Accordingly, the Party said the National Executive Council (NEC) does not have any reason to reverse itself on the decision taken at its February 28, 2018 meeting in Abuja

The party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullahi said at the end of the NEC meeting on Tuesday, March 27 that the President only made a personal observation that cannot pass for NEC’s position that is in support tenure elongation.

Abdullahi said the NEC’s decision is still sacrosanct, until such a time that members find needful to reverse it.

Amplifying the NEC’s decision, the APC spokesperson said; “The President’s position has not changed the position of NEC. NEC has not reversed itself on the tenure extension. The decision of the NEC on the one-year tenure extension still stands. 

“The President is not NEC. The NEC will have to reverse itself but right now, it has not done that. So, the tenure extension still stands.”  

In his opening remarks to the NEC members, President Buhari had noted that it is illegal and unconstitutional for the party to approve tenure extension for the Party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and other elected officials across board.

He therefore urged the NEC to reconsider its decision that seems to run contrary to the APC’s constitution as well as the 1999 constitution as amended.       

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