Oyegun Tenure: APC inaugurates technical panel on Buhari’s stand



The ruling All progressive congress (APC) has inaugurated a ten members technical committee led by Governor Simon Lalong to look into the legal implications of the recent decision to extend tenure of the Chief John Odigie- Oyegun led National Working Committee ( NWC) and other executive at all levels.

The committee is also expected to look into President Muhammadu Buhari stand against the move.
Other members of the committee includes the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, Governor Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo), Nasir Ahmad El-Rufai (Kaduna), Senator Ben Uwajomogu, Rep Kabiru Ajana, Mr Elisha Kurah (SAN), Mr C.J.N Dakas (SAN) and the National Legal Adviser of the party, Muiz Banire who is also the secretary of the committee.
The National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie- Oyegun while inaugurating the committee at the party’s secretariat Tuesday in Abuja, said some of the issues that have been remitted to the committee for resolution are strongly legal, adding that the matter also impacted dramatically on political considerations.
“Therefore, your job is to bring these two together and advice us on the way we can implement our activities in the next few weeks and months in a way that is politically advantageous to our party, the APC and at the same time face due difference to the niceties of the law.
“We must observe the law and at the same time emphasis that we try to do things that will be advantageous to the party. We will furnish you with all the documents like the resolutions of NEC, the party’s constitution and the Nigeria constitution to help you do a good job.
“You are also at liberty to request for additional material like the statement of Mr President during last NEC meeting and every other thing to guide you achieve the task you are about to undertake. I am praying, hoping that this is the kind of thing you can accomplish in about three to four days.
“Getting answers from you is crucially time sensitive and depending on which way you advice, we may have to put in motion very serious activities in the party virtually within a week of getting the report and taking decisions. I thank you for accepting this onerous assignment and wish you the very best of luck.”
While fielding questions from newsmen, chairman of the committee, Simon Lalong faulted the notion that the talks centered around the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu who is opposed to the tenure elongation decision.
Said he: “The discussion there was not anything against Tinubu. Tinubu’s name was not mentioned in that discussion. The discussion was a NEC decision on the way forward on the position of the President who is also a member of the NEC and that was subjected to discussion. So the issue of whether it is satisfying somebody is not there. Our decision is not going to be final. We will only advice the NEC on the issue.”
On his own, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo state, said the controversy was needless since the NEC did not extend the tenure of the Oyegun led NWC and party officials across the country.

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