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Buni Cancels APC Emergency NEC Meeting

Buni Reverses Bello’s Convention Sub-committees, Removes CECPC Members From Coordinating sub-c’ttee

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has cancelled its planned emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

The NEC meeting initially scheduled for Thursday was canceled based on a counter-directive from the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni. A statement released on Wednesday evening by the National Secretary, APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe confirmed the development without giving further details. The statement by Akpanudoedehe reads: “As directed by the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning (CECPC) and Governor of Yobe State, H.E. Mai Mala Buni, a purported emergency meeting of the Party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) slated for Thursday, March 26, 2022 is hereby cancelled.” Naija News reports the cancellation comes a few hours after President Muhammadu Buhari intervened in the uncertainties currently rocking the ruling All progressives Congress (APC) and backed Governor Buni to continue leading the party. In a letter personally signed by him, addressed to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State who is also the Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, President Buhari said the multiplicity of cases currently rocking the party has the prospect of invalidating the activities and actions of the Party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). This was disclosed in a statement sent to Naija News on Wednesday and signed by Buhari Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Femi Adesina. In the letter which was also copied to the Chairman of Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC), the Acting Chairman of the CECC, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the Director-General of the DSS as well as the Inspector General of Police, Buhari said that since the party could not change the leadership of the CECC without infringing on the time limit set by INEC, and the fact that the current uncertainties and controversies “pose a real threat to the party.” Buhari directed that the issue of the leadership of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC) should immediately return to status quo ante. Buhari also asked that the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee should be allowed to proceed with all necessary preparations to hold the convention as planned-unfailingly on 26th March, 2022.

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