Wednesday, 4 April 2018

Buhari, APC Govs’ Meeting In Deadlock Over Tenure Elongation

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President Mohammadu Buhari’s Meetings with All Progressive Congress Governors may have ended in deadlock over tenure elongation in the Villa on Tuesday as the two parties failed to come to any fellable compromise on the tenure of APC National working committee members

urban express news online gathered that both the president and governors later agreed that the committee set up by the National Chairman of the party, chief John Oyegun on the issues earlier on Tuesday should be allowed to do its work and submit its report
The APC governors kept mum after meeting the President at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
At the end of the meeting which sources described as stormy, the governors who were approached for comment told state house correspondents that they had resolved not to speak to journalists.
Those who were approached included the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Rochas Okorocha; Plateau State Governor, Simon Lalong, and Kaduna State Governor, Nasir el-Rufai.
Some other governors held their lips to express their non-readiness to speak to reporters.
The contentious issue of tenure extension for members of the party’s National Working Committee was said to have dominated discussions at the meeting.
After the meeting reportedly ended in deadlock, it was also learnt that there was a sharp disagreement among the governors over the choice of date to reconvene.
All the APC state governors attended the meeting. The Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo and some top presidential aides and government officials also attended.
Buhari, had, at the party’s NEC meeting on March 28, said the NWC members, who wanted to retain their positions, should resign and re-contest.
He said it would be illegal to prolong the tenure of the NWC members or set up a caretaker committee.
It was agreed at the meeting that the party should set up a committee that would advise it on the NWC members’ tenure.
Odigie-Oyegun, at the party’s national secretariat on Tuesday, inaugurated a 10-member committee headed by Lalong to advise the APC on the issue.
Apart from Lalong, other members of the committee inaugurated by Odigie-Oyegun  are the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha;  Governor Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Governor Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Governor Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Senator Ben Uwajomogu, Kabiru Ajana, Mr. Elisha Kurah (SAN), Mr. C.J.N. Dakas (SAN) and the National Legal Adviser of the party, Dr. Muiz Banire, who is also the secretary of the committee.

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