2019!!! APC Breaks Its Own Constitution, Goes Against Buhari’s Clear-Cut Directives, Set To Reverse Itself Today, Sack Oyegun And All Party Executives

By Post Nigeria February 28, 2018 07:58

2019!!! APC Breaks Its Own Constitution, Goes Against Buhari’s Clear-Cut Directives, Set To Reverse Itself Today, Sack Oyegun And All Party Executives

Emerging report indicates that the decision reached at Tuesday’s meeting of the National Executive Committee, NEC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, contravenes the party’s constitution.

In contravention of its constitution, the APC declared that it had extended the tenure of the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, other members of its National Working Committee, NWC, and that of the 36 State Executive Committees, including the FCT, by one year.

However, on Tuesday night, in the realisation that it may have goofed at the NEC meeting by announcing the tenure extension in contravention of the party’s constitution, APC Leaders were scrambling to point out the anomaly in the 12 months extension, with one suggesting that the party was likely to issue a statement Wednesday, to reverse itself.

To buttress this position, a statement issued on Tuesday night, by the Chairman of the APC Governors Forum and Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, said that the decision reached at the NEC meeting was a “mere expression of interest”, adding that, it is only at the National Convention of the APC that a constitutional amendment can be carried out to extend the tenures of the Executives.

The constitution of the party provides for a four-year tenure for its Executives.

The current Executives were elected in June 2014, for a four-year mandate, which is expected to lapse on June 30, 2018.

According to Yari: “What has been done is a mere expression of interest. The power of the Convention to extend tenure is exercised only by way of a constitutional amendment.

“The power of the National Executive Committee of our party cannot go beyond doing so, by way of constitution amendment.

“Article 30 of the APC constitution states that the ‘constitution and the schedules hereto, can be amended only by the National Convention of the party’.

“The process of amending the constitution is also expressly provided in Article 30 subsection 2.

“What was done today (yesterday), was only an expression of a desire to extend the tenure of the Chief Oyegun-led National Executive.”

Also reinforcing Yari’s position, other party sources said the tenure extension granted to Oyegun and others, had no legal backing, as a constitutional amendment was still required for the decision to be valid.

“As it stands, the decision can lead to a series of litigations and crisis, which is what the party is trying to avoid. The tenure extension can only be done with a constitutional amendment. And this amendment can only be done by the National Convention of the party.

“Even if we have to consider Article 13 of the constitution which was cited today (yesterday), it is still debatable if NEC can assume the power of the National Convention, or whether it can legally carry out an amendment of the constitution.

“So, as it is, what transpired was an anomaly, and has to be rectified to prevent law suits challenging the legality of the tenure extension”, said one party source.

Another official of the party, further pointed out that the decision of the NEC even contradicted the position of President Muhammadu Buhari, who at the National Caucus meeting of the party, held at the State House, Abuja, on Monday, had spoken in support of the conduct of congresses and elections at all levels of the party.

Accordingly, the official wondered how 24 hours later, the NEC of the party departed from the President’s speech at the Caucus meeting.

The President had directed the leadership of the ruling party to begin plans for various congresses of the party.

Buhari, who gave the directive against the backdrop of the 2019 election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, added that it was about time the party prepared for its Ward, Local Government, State and National congresses.

He also advised the APC Leaders to uphold what he described as the party’s culture of internal democracy, in the conduct of the elections, and urged them to ensure that they work together, irrespective of the outcome of the elections.


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