The All Progressives Congress, APC was on Monday night again descending into another round of crisis after some members of the National Executive Committee, NEC issued a 14-day ultimatum to the Governor Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee to commence plans for a National Convention.
The group which chided the caretaker committee of sabotaging the party in the Edo State governorship election thus appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to rein in the committee before it buries the party.
The group which presented its views through one of its members, Abdullahi Dauda also demanded a suspension of the planned fresh registration of members.
The group’s assertion was immediately dismissed by Yekini Nabena, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary who chided the group for not coming up with a workable template to resolve the issues in the party.
Noting that it was less than two months to the deadline for the committee to conduct the National Convention, the group said:
“The Buni led Committee has shown in its actions that tenure elongation is its priority and being stakeholders in the Party , we see the urgent need to speak out loudly on time to save our party from another round of self inflicted crisis. It is as our responsibility to speak up for posterity sake.
“We are aware that the composition of the committee is illegal and alien to our party’s constitution abnitio and we are aware some members are in court already as regards that anomaly but due to our respect for Mr President, we allowed the process as a child of necessity and supported it but the present action and body language of the committee necessitated our press conference today.
“Furthermore, we are aware that the committee is planning registration of members which is not part of the resolution of the last NEC. We call on the committee to let legally elected and constituted NWC to come and conduct the new membership registration for the party and jettison this idea. The question remains?
“Why is the Caretaker Committee planning to extend its tenure? To what end? Governor Buni is elected to govern the good people of Yobe state not to jetisson his constitutional responsibility and be arranging a sit-tight regime in the party. A word is enough for the wise!
“Why were the caretaker members and all the governors not present at Edo rallies if they had not compromised the election?
“We note that Gov Fayemi said he did not attend because as chairman of Gov forum, there existed a silent rule not to campaign against another governor of another party. This shows Fayemi is more loyal to PDP than APC who gave him the platform to be a governor in the first instance.
“From our deep analyses, the Buni led Committee lost out in its first assignment in Edo where it allegedly conspired with some over ambitious Governors to sabotage the party.
“We have it on good authority that Governor Buni personally called Caretaker Committee members not to go for campaigns in Edo. This act of betrayal to a party that has done so much for him is condemnable.
“Ondo would have been another disappointment but for the unity of purpose by leadership of the South West zone to avoid another embarrassing outing.
Reacting to the development, party spokesman, Nabena said:
We cannot hold our peace anymore, our collective silence is an indictment,” he said.
“They don’t even have the right to issue ultimatum , there is no need of giving ultimatum. If they have any option or solution to fast track whatosever their demand is, let them come to the Secretariat and out in their paper so that wr can listen to them.
“It is not about issuing 14 days ultimatum, party Secretariat is open, let them come, let us put heads together and know what they are talking about. Ultimatum does not help matters, if you are giving ultimatum, on what ground are you giving ultimatum?” Nabena asked.