President Muhammadu Buhari has instructed Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, to immediately take over the affairs of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a letter personally signed by him and addressed to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, the president also asked Bagudu to immediately take over the affairs of the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
This was disclosed in a statement on Wednesdaz by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina.
He revealed that his boss, who is currently out of the country, met with Governor Buni in the United Kingdom.
According to Adesina, the directive comes as part of the President’s intervention in the ‘uncertainties’ currently rocking the ruling party.
In the letter, which was copied to Chairman of the CECPC, Governor Sani Bello of Niger State, Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS) and the Inspector General of Police, the President bemoaned the multiplicity of cases within the APC, which in his view has the prospect of invalidating the activities and actions of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
He said the party could not change the leadership of the CECPC without infringing on the time limit set by INEC, and the current uncertainties and controversies “pose a real threat to the party.”
As a result, President Buhari believes it has become necessary to issue the following directives:
“The issue of the leadership of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC) should immediately return to status quo ante;
“All members of the Governors Forum and their followers should desist from any behaviour or utterance that will likely lead to disunity in the ranks of the Party, and ultimately jeopardise the transition to the convention;
“The Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee should accordingly be allowed to proceed with all necessary preparations to hold the convention as planned- unfailingly on 26th March, 2022.”