APC Caretaker Committee meets today at APC national secretariat, Abuja

APC Caretaker Committee meets today at APC national secretariat, Abuja

APC Caretaker Committee meets today at APC national secretariat, Abuja
The APC [ All Progressives Congress ] Caretaker National Convention Planning Committee agreed to meet today Monday 29th of June 2020 at the APC national secretariat , Abuja,  set up sub-committees as part of preparations for the party’s congresses and the national convention. Among the sub-committees expected to be set up are finance and publicity sub-committees.

The APC’s  National Executive Committee, during its meeting at the Presidential Villa on Thursday,  dissolved the party’s National Working Committee and set up the caretaker committee headed by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni while the Caretaker Committee Secretary, James Akpanudoedehe.

Besides Buni and Akpanudoedehe, other members of the APC caretaker committee are the Osun State Governor, Isiaka Oyetola, representing the South-West; Ken Nnamani, South-East; Stella Okorete, (women representative), the Niger State Governor, Sani Bello,  North-Central; Dr James Lalu, representing persons living with disabilities; Senator Abubakar Yusuf (Senate); Akinyemi Olaide (House of Representatives), David Leon (South-South); Abba Ari (North-West), Prof Tahir Mamman (North-East) and Ismail Ahmed (Youths).

The caretaker committee was given the mandate to organise the party’s ward, local government and state congresses as well as the national convention in the next six months.

The ruling party was on June 16 marred by a  leadership crisis when the Court of Appeal sitting in Abuja upheld the suspension of its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, by the High Court of the Federal Capital Territory.

Two factions on June 17 emerged in the party with one led by its suspended Deputy National Secretary, Victor Giadom, and the other consisting of 18 NWC members loyal to Oshiomhole.

Despite the opposition of the 18 NWC members, the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), on Wednesday declared his support for Giadom and attended the NEC meeting convened by him on Thursday.

The dissolution of the Oshiomhole-led NWC at the instance of Buhari has been accepted  by leaders of the party including Oshiomhole himself and some party officials, who initially opposed the President

Akpanudoedehe said, “I have received a text message. I align myself with what my chairman said.  I have no approval to add or subtract. When we go there, what we will do will be unveiled. I cannot preempt what we will do. I am secretary of the committee. Maybe by tomorrow, a spokesman will be appointed to speak.”

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena,  also confirmed that the meeting would hold. In response to the question as to whether the caretaker committee would be meeting today (Monday), he told one of our correspondents over the telephone, “Yes, they are meeting.”

You can’t dictate to Buhari where to hold meetings, Presidency replies critics, the Presidency has said since the President lives in the Presidential Villa, Abuja, no one can dictate to him where he can hold meetings within the premises.

It said no law barred the President from holding meetings in any section of the Presidential Villa.The Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Garba Shehu, made the clarification in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja.

Some individuals, including a former Minister of Aviation, Osita Chidoka, had criticised the President for hosting a meeting of the APC inside the Council Chamber last Thursday.

They argued that the chamber was meant for government business and that the party’s NEC meeting did not fall under the category of government business that should be conducted in the hall.

But Shehu said it was erroneous to say that the meeting was convened at the Council Chamber of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
He said the meeting was a virtual one so that the protocol of social distancing could be observed and the President needed to address party leaders from any of his offices inside the Presidential Villa.

The presidential aide said while it was true that state governors and leaders of the National Assembly joined Buhari from the chamber where he spoke, the majority of the members connected via video calls.

He said, “The stubborn opinion held by the critics of the administration is that President Muhammadu Buhari had called a political meeting in the ‘hallowed’ chamber of the Federal Executive Council, as if there is a law that says the President is barred from holding meetings in certain sections of the vast Presidential Villa.