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Sacked APC NWC Threatens To Drag Buhari, NEC To Court

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Hilliard Eta-led National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has kicked against its dissolution by President Muhammadu Buhari-led National Executive Committee (NEC).

Naija News reports that President Buhari on Thursday called for the dissolution of the National Working Committee of the APC.

The President’s recommendation was approved by the party’s NEC and a caretaker NWC recommended to take over in the interim.

Following the NEC approval, Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni was appointed as the Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party. Other members include the Governors of Niger and Osun.

The NEC also ratified all decisions taken in respect of the Edo Guber Primaries, which means Osagie Ize-Iyamu can now be recognized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) as the authentic candidate of the APC in the September 19, 2020, governorship election in Edo State.

As part of resolutions, the APC NEC also said all pending court cases against the party and its members have been suspended.

But reacting in a statement on Thursday evening, the dissolved APC NWC maintained its earlier position that Chief Victor Giadom, a former National Secretary of the party, has no authority to convene a National Executive Committee meeting.

The 18 members of the NWC referred to Article 25(B) which states the officer(s) of the party empowers to convene a NEC meeting, submitting that Giadom fell short of the provision of the party constitution to summon the meeting.

The statement reads: “Article 25(B) of the Constitution of the APC is explicit that only the National Chairman or the National Working Committee (NWC) is given the prerogative of summoning meetings of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party either for statutory quarterly meetings or for emergency meetings. The same provision of the constitution makes it compulsory for a notice of minimum of 14 days in respect statutory quarterly meetings and 7 days in respect of emergency meetings

“We note that Chief Victor Giadom had convened and conducted a virtual meeting purportedly to be a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of our Party wherein certain far-reaching resolutions were purportedly reached. While the National Working Committee is studying the unfolding drama, it will be consulting with stakeholders and team of lawyers on the next line of action”.

The 1 members (out of 20) of the NWC that attended it’s meeting are Ntufam Hilliard Etagbo Eta – National Vice Chairman South-South, Hon. Inuwa Abdulkadir -National Vice Chairman – North West, Pastor Bankole Oluwajana – National Vice Chairman South West, Alh. Ahmed Suleiman Wambal – National Vice Chairman North Central, Hon. Emma Eneukwu -National Vice Chairman South East, Hon. Adamu Fanda – National Treasurer, Hon. Ibrahim Masari – National Welfare Secretary, Hon. Paul Chukwuma – National Auditor and Barr. Emma Ibediro – National Organising Secretary.

Others are Hon. Sadig Abubakar -National Youth Leader, Haj, Salamatu Baiwa Umar-Eluma National Women Leader, Ath Tajudeen Hello – National Financial Secretary, Mistahu Lawan Didi (National Special Leader) Barr Wogu Boms Deputy National Secretary, Barr. Babatunde Ogala – National Legal Adviser, Mallam Lanre Isa-Onilu – National Publicity Secretary and Arc. Waziri Bulama – National Secretary as well as Sen, Abiola Ajimobi – Ag.Chairman/indisposed.

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I’m Not Desperate To Be President – Peter Obi

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Former Governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, on Friday said he is not desperate to be President.

Mr Obi made the comment while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.

According to Mr Obi, he left the Peoples Democratic Party for the Labour Party because the former did no longer align with his political values.

“I’m not desperate to be President or anything,” he said. “I’m desperate to see Nigeria work. Especially for the youths of this country.

“I’ve moved to where I think the process might allow me.

“I would rather lose doing the right thing than win doing the wrong thing. My politics have been consistent in character and integrity.”

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Presidential Primaries: APC Afraid PDP Will Pick Northerner As Candidate – Adeyanju

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Deji Adeyanju, an Abuja-based rights activist, has suggested why the All Progressives Congress, APC, is yet to conduct the screening of its presidential candidates 48 hours to the party’s primaries.

Adeyanju said APC is waiting for the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP primaries.

He alleged that the APC is afraid that the PDP may pick a Northerner as its presidential candidate; hence the delay.

In a post on Facebook, Adeyanju wrote: “48hrs to APC primaries, no screening of candidates or any single direction because they are so afraid PDP may pick a Northern candidate.

“That’s why they are waiting and going round and round. They are just waiting for the outcome of PDP primaries then in hours they will act.”

APC convention for the presidential primary will be held as scheduled from Sunday, 29th to Monday, 30th of May, 2022.

The PDP presidential primary will be held at the Moshood Abiola Stadium in Abuja on May 28 and 29.

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JUST IN: APC Postpones Presidential Primaries To June 6-7

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The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its presidential primary election to Friday, June 6 and Saturday, 7.

The APC announced the postponement after the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Friday evening bowed to pressure by political parties to extend the dates for the conduct of primary elections.

INEC in a statement on Friday, extended the dates for primaries by six days.



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