- APC is said to have returned the decision of holding the congress for elective positions to John Odigie-Oyegun
- Odigie-Oyegun may remain the chairman of the party until after the 2019 elections based on the outcome of NEC meeting
- Some commentators have said they won’t be surprised if he decided to use the power to his advantage
A resolution that was reportedly adopted unanimously by members of the All Progressives Congress National Executive Committee (APC-NEC) has given the current National Working Committee (NWC) an approval to continue overseeing the affairs of the party for another one year in the absence of a valid convention.
According to a report, the resolution, adopted Monday afternoon at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, could see John Odigie-Oyegun remain the chairman of the party until after the 2019 elections.
According to item five of the resolution obtained, ''If for reasons of inability to fulfill constitutional and or legal conditions requisite for the conduct of a valid elective congress or convention, then the party may as a last resort leverage on the NEC resolution of February 27, 2018 which in our view is lawful in the circumstances.''
It was said that Davies Ibiamu-Ikanya, the chairman of APC in Rivers state, moved the five-item resolution. It was seconded by Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state and adopted by NEC members.
It was not immediately clear why there were no dissenting voices prior to the adoption of the resolution, which appears to favour Odigie-Oyegun.
Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the current NWC had previously secured a nod to extend their tenure by one year due to a myriad of internal squabbles in some state chapters.
It was learnt that the members also said the extension would help the party minimise the crisis that holding elections in troubled states could throw up.
But the February 27 plan was scuttled after President Muhammadu Buhari withdrew his support and said it would be better if the party conducts congresses across the country. The president believes doing so would save the party legal troubles ahead of general elections.
The president’s turn-around was seen as a capitulation to Bola Tinubu, a former Lagos State governor and prominent party leader, who has been pushing hard to ease Mr Odigie-Oyegun out of office.
But with the latest decision by NEC, it seems the APC has returned the decision of holding the congress for elective positions to Odigie-Oyegun.
Other items in the resolution include a ''21 days statutory notice for the holding of elective congress and convention be given to INEC immediately. The current zoning formula for the party offices be retained,” item three of the resolution said.
Item four said: ''Requirements of the article 31(iii) be waived in line with the provisions of article 13.4 (xv) to avoid disruption in the management of party affairs at all levels.
''This could allow Odigie-Oyegun remain in office until the convention. Considering Odigie-Oyegun’s alledged opposition to the convention, some commentators have said they won’t be surprised if he decided to use the power to his advantage.''
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that President Buhari in a bid to seek soft landing for the embattled chairman of the APC, John Odigie-Oyegun directed the NEC of the party to grant waivers to members of the out going NWC who wish to seek reelection.
The president gave the directive on Monday, April 9, in Abuja at the commencement of the emergency NEC meeting of the party. He said current executives should be free to run for elective position in the party if they so wish and permitted by the party constitution.
Buhari also thanked members of the technical committee for a job well done within a limited time frame.
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