It has emerged that President Muhammadu Buhari assented to the dissolution of the fragmented National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to save the party from collapse.
Recall that an Emergency National Executive Council (NEC) meeting led by Buhari dissolved the NWC on Thursday at a meeting held at the Council Chambers of the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
The council also set up a caretaker/national convention committee headed by Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni, a former national secretary of the party. The caretaker committee has Senator John Akpanudoedehe as national secretary.
Buhari reportedly moved against suspended National Chairman of the defunct NWC, Adams Oshiomhole because he personalised the running of the party and danced to the tune of one of the party’s founders.
Oshiomhole was also said to have committed many infractions, including sidelining the NEC and carrying out solely many actions that needed NEC’s ratification.
One of such actions was the setting up the screening committee for the Edo State primary of the APC.
The governors who attended the NEC meeting were reportedly against Oshiomhole and did not dissent to the dissolution of the NWC.
“Can you imagine? Oshiomhole narrowed the party to himself and a leader of the APC; 19 members of the NWC were for Oshiomhole and that leader. There were so many constitutional infractions. Many decisions of the party that were supposed to be ratified by the NEC were taken by Oshiomhole. We could not continue like that. The President had to save the party,” Vanguard quoted an unnamed party source as saying.
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