Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma says despite everything going on in the All Progressives Congress (APC), it remains the party to beat in 2023.
Uzodinma also added that Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni remains the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and will take over the leadership once he returns from his medical trip.
Best News Network reports Uzodinma made the submissions on Monday during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
The Imo Governor’s position comes after recent confusion about the leadership of the APC with the Niger State Governor, Abubakar Sani Bello declaring himself acting chairman of the party last week.
He went ahead to declare that he has the support of President Muhammadu Buhari to take over the leadership of the party.
Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai also declared that Bello has the President’s support as well as that of 19 Governors and Buni is as good as gone.
However, Uzodinma on Monday declared that if there will be a leadership change, then due process must be followed.
According to him, nothing has changed and Buni will continue as the APC Caretaker Chairman once he returns from his medical trip.
“APC is a very serious party,” he said.
“Everything going on at the secretariat now are going on with the knowledge of Mai Mala Buni. And as soon as he comes back, he will also take over the realms of the party.”
He said for Buni to be removed, a meeting of the National Executive Committee must be convened, and the Independent National Electoral Commission must be present at the meeting.
“The right organ of the party to take and implement such decisions is the National Executive Committee. Have we summoned that committee? Because if we do, INEC will be invited to observe. And if they observe, whatever decision taken will be known to them,” Uzodinma added.