Chairmen of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, might have endorsed tenure extension for the caretaker/extraordinary national convention planning committee beyond its initial six-month deadline.
For some weeks now, there have been insinuations about sinister plot to elongate the committee’s tenure, but the picture became clearer on Wednesday when the spokesperson for the 36 state chairmen, Prophet Jones, told newsmen at the party secretariat that there was nothing wrong with supporting tenure extension for a performing committee.
When asked about the position of the state chairmen on the clamour for tenure extension for the committee, Jones, who is the Delta State chairman of APC, said, “What is wrong for a good thing to be sustained or support a good thing to stay. Call it rumour or real, we are in support of the committee and in support of the unity of our party. Anything that will bring unity to our party we are in support of it one hundred per cent”
The state chairmen also passed a vote of confidence on the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party.
They passed the vote at a meeting of APC State Chairmen with the national caretaker committee held Wednesday at the NEC hall of the national secretariat of the party in Abuja.
The motion for the vote of confidence was moved by Hon. Ali Bukar Dalori, APC chairman in Borno State and chairman of Forum of APC Chairmen in Nigeria, and was seconded by Abba Yaro, APC chairman in Benue State.
This came barely 48 hours after a group of concerned members of the APC gave a 14-day ultimatum to the caretaker/national convention planning committee to roll out timetable for the conduct of the national convention slated for December or face nationwide protests.
The Buni-led committee was inaugurated on June 25, 2020, following the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomole-led National Working Committee by President Mohammadu Buhari.
It was given a six-month periode with a mandate to reconcile aggrieved members of the party and organise an extraordinary national convention within the timeframe.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that this meeting was quickly called to douse the tension generated by the ultimatum issued by the group as reports continued to make rounds about a sinister plan to extend the six-month tenure of the caretaker committee.
Sources close to the party further told Nigerian Pilot that the caretaker committee would be meeting with non-National Working Committee, NWC, and members of the National Executive Committee, NEC, on Thursday.
According to the source, this latest meetings are not unconnected with the alleged plot to gather support for tenure elongation for the Buni-led committee.