APC NEC rules out convention, to sanction members who drag party to court




Ahead today’s National Executive Council, NEC meeting of the ruling All Progressives Council (APC), the party said that the issue of convention will not form party of the agenda.
It also revealed that members who took the party to court over the recent tenure elongation for the executive at all levels, without considering internal mechanism for crisis will be sanctioned.
Speaking with newsmen at the party secretariat shortly after the National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday, APC National Publicity Secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the issue of convention “is not on the agenda for the meeting.”
Abdullahi said: “If you recall after the NEC meeting last month, I told you that two issues were outstanding and that members asked for more time to study those issues. These are the issues of constitutional amendment and the True Federalism committee report. These are the two key items on the agenda for tomorrow’s NEC meeting.
“If you look at the calendar that was circulated during the last meeting, we are going to have a convention by June and a committee will be set up to that effect, but no committee has been set up yet and it is not on the agenda for (today’s) meeting. In any case, such committee is not set up at the NEC meeting.”
On the sanctions for the aggrieved members who drag the party to court over NEC’s decision to extend tge tenure of NWC, the APC spokesman said: “It is something we are looking at and if is a possibility because we have a responsibility to also protect the constitution of the party and to maintain discipline in accordance with the constitution.
“We believe that if the highest organ of the party has taken a decision, whether you support that decision or not, you have to stand by it and if you are not happy, you take advantage of internal mechanism before you go to court. There is no evidence at this time that such members avail themselves of the opportunities that exist internally to express their grievances before taking the matter to court.”



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