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President Buhari Withdraws Support For Oyegun Tenure Extension

 President Muhammadu Buhari has withdrawn his support to the decision of the National Executive Council of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to extend the tenure of National Working Committee (NWC ) of the party saying it contravenes the  party’s constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

He disclosed this at the National Executive Committee meeting of the party in Abuja on Tuesday.

“In particular i think it is important to talk on the contentious issues of the tenure of our National and State Executive Officers. As we all know,  the motion was moved in the last NEC meeting  February 27 2018, to the effect that when the tenure of the current executive expire in June this year they should be allowed to continue for one year.

“On my own part I have taken some time to review and seek advice on the resolution and what I have found is that it contravenes our party constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“Furthermore,  article 31 of our party constitution provides that any principal officer wishing to re-contest or contest for another election must resign from his current post at least one month before the election.

In this circumstance what is expected of us is to conduct fresh election once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end.

The caretaker committee cannot remedy the situation and cannot currently act in place of electing officer. Furthermore I think if we the constitutional provisions we might be endangering the fortunes of our party.

If the tenure of our party executive  can be legally faulted then it means that any nomination and primary election can also be faulted.  This is not to talk of the issues that will arise and is already arising within the party when some of our members felt that they are being denied the right to aspire to executive positions,  internal democracy is not explained within the party.

I am therefore of the firm believe that it is better to follow strictly the dictates of our party and national constitution  rather than put APC and its activities at grave risk.

Buhari cautioned the NEC members  not to allow the party to be divided and vulnerable to the opposition as a result of court actions which may arise aftermath.

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