APC sets up committee to 'consider' Buhari's position on Odigie-Oyegun

President Buhari rejects APC Chairman John Oyegun's Tenure Elongation

The decision did not go down well with a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, who had been in conflict with the national chairman of the party.

The technical committee is expected to come out with a clear-cut position on the pronouncement of President Muhammadu Buhari that the decision to extend the tenure of the party executives at various levels by one year contravened not only the party constitution but that of Nigeria as well.

President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday left members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), stunned after he called for the cancellation of tenure extension for the party's national working committee (NWC) led by John Oyegun, chairman of the party.

It was also observed that the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu was conspicuously absent at the meeting, sending a message that he may not be happy with the tenure elongation issue.

Buhari said, "I think it is important for me to speak on the contentious issues of the tenure of our national and state executive officers".

"It is imperative to state that our apology has to do more with the fact that we made certain mistakes that allowed an anti-people movement to take over governance in our country. As far as the party is concerned he is an ordinary member like others".

Buhari's position represents a serious upset for the party, which is already grappling with costly internal schisms less than a year to the general election in which the president is thought to want another term.

Meanwhile, the party had told a Federal High Court sitting in Abuja that Mr Buhari lacks the power to determine tenure of its officers.

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"If the tenure of our party executive can be legally faulted then it means that any nomination and primary election can also be faulted".

He said, "The President has spoken".

"His action will also serve to strengthen the party by allowing party members, including present incumbents, to seek to contribute to the party by vying for executive offices as they see fit".

"He however took Nigerians by surprise as he enjoyed one of the most expensive presidential campaigns in the history of our nation, while turning a blind eye to reports of massive looting of funds from APC controlled states".

The APC national chairman hails from Edo State.

The deputy spokesman, while commending President Buhari, for his opposition to what he described as illegality, saying, "Oyegun ought to have been fired long before now due to lack of respect for APC constitution and other impunity under his watch".

He said, "What the President said is justified; that is democracy at work".

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