- Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the national chairman of the APC has dumped his bid for tenure elongation
- Oyegun made the decision on Sunday, April 8
- He has summoned an emergency meeting to draw the timetable for state congresses and national convention
Opposers of tenure elongation have gained upper hand in the All Progressives Congress (APC) when Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, its national chairman, on Sunday, April 8, surrendered to pressure from governors and party leaders to forfeit the bid for the extension.
Oyegun has summoned an emergency meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) for Monday, April 9 to come up with the timetable for state congresses and national convention. The meeting will be held just before the National Executive Committee (NEC) session begins on the same day, The Nation reports.
An unnamed member of the NWC remarked: “We were all shocked to get a text message inviting us for NWC meeting by 8am on Monday when all we were preparing for was the NEC session.
“Some of us inquired and we were told that the NWC meeting will draw the timetable for state congresses and the National Convention for consideration by NEC. This was what we told him to do last Thursday.
“We suspect that the latest development must have accounted for Oyegun’s U-turn. From the horse-trading so far, all the APC governors have backed out of tenure extension for Oyegun and the NWC. We learnt the last governor to ditch him yesterday was Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State.”
Another NWC member said: “I think summoning NWC meeting very early in the morning before NEC amounted to panic on the part of the national chairman. Some of us were really amazed when we got the text message. This was the same Oyegun who did not allow us access to the report of the Governor Simon Lalong Committee which was set up by the NWC.
“We had the whole weekend, he did not call for any meeting. Now, he wants to hold a pre-emptive meeting. We will go there and listen to what he has in stock for us.”
There are claims that Oyegun might seek to recontest in adherence to some governors’ advice, although it was uncertain if he would take the advice. If he does, he would have to jostle for the seat again with former Governors Adams Oshiomhole (Edo) and Clement Ebri (Cross River).
The Nation reported that pro-Buhari governors reached out to NEC members to accept his proposal for elective congresses and national convention.
About 21 governors and their state chairmen on Friday, April 7, conceded that the party should conduct new election into party offices in order to avoid the trouble of legal technicality on the nomination of APC candidates for 2019 elections.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com reported that the technical committee on the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) tenure elongation submitted its report on Friday, April 6.
NAIJ.com gathered that giving the document to Oyegun, in Abuja, the committee’s chairman, Governor Simon Dalung of Plateau, urged the party leadership to thoroughly study the recommendations.
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