Following the survival of last week’s attempted removal, members of the All Progressives Congress, who are loyal to the Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, on Tuesday, consolidated their hold on the party.
Having not made a public appearance in the last one week, Senator James Akpanudoedehe, on Monday, the Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, returned to the party’s secretariat amid tight security.
Jubilant members of staff welcomed the secretary as they exchanged pleasantries with him. He was subsequently escorted to his office by four policemen wielding AK-47 rifles.
Akpanudoedehe in a statement he signed on behalf of the APC caretaker committee, pledged that the national convention would hold on March 26 as planned.
The statement read, “On February 28, 2022, the CECPC Chairman took a long-delayed trip abroad on health grounds, leaving behind written authorisation for other members of the CECPC to continue work in his absence, particularly the day-to-day management of the APC.
“That in his absence, sundry activities earlier scheduled for action appeared to develop fresh urgency to satisfy the timetable for the 2023 general elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission, thus galvanising some within the CECPC to act in their best understanding of both the situation and the leadership dynamics in the committee/party.
“That all such actions were clearly identified at all times as happening in an acting or proxy capacity, and under the auspices of the substantive chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni, contrary to widespread speculations that the chairman, secretary or some other officials of the CECPC have been removed from office or otherwise replaced. That the CECPC is intact and functional as originally constituted.”
The committee thanked President Muhammadu Buhari and INEC for their firm guidance and intervention throughout the period.
For it to hold the national convention on the scheduled date of March 26, the caretaker committee revealed that the party had engaged a team of senior lawyers to address a purported court order halting the planned convention.
The APC, therefore, called on the Judiciary to “give the matter the needed and expedient attention in our bid to vacate the purported court order and allow for the conduct of a transparent and rancour-free national convention deserving of our great party, the APC.”
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