APC extends Buni Committee’s tenure, Expels Etta for going to court




APC Caretaker Committee Chairman, Gov Mai Mala Buni

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor, Abuja Bureau

Expectedly, the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Tuesday in Abuja took some rash decisions which include the extension of the tenure of the much criticised arrangement called Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) headed by the Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni.

The Committee which took life in June this year, following the dissolution of the National Working Committee (NWC), led by APC former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, was given a fresh life of six months as was before.

It came against the dust being raised in recent times by some of the dissatisfied party members, including some members of the former NWC, who claimed that their sacking was in error and that the party erred in giving office to Buni in contravention of the APC constitution that forbids an elected member of the party occupying party office.

Also, for his troubles with the parry, former National Vice Chairman of the party, South-South and a member of the party from Rivers State, Hillard Etta who initiated the fresh agitation, which has already gone to court, where a prayer is being sought to declare the Buni led Committee illegal, was handed down an expulsion letter by the NEC, which, like the one six months ago, also had President Muhammadu Buhari in attendance.

Kaduna state Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, who announced the decisions of the NEC meeting, told State House Correspondents Tuesday that a five-point resolution was unanimously reached at the NEC meeting of the ruling party.

Flanked by Governors Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo), Hope Uzodinma (Imo) and Secretary of the CECPC, former Sen. John James Akpan Udoedehe, El-Rufai, said the meeting also approved the dissolution of party organs from the smallest organ at the ward to national offices.

The meeting, which was held at the Executive Council Chambers of the State House, also approved the expulsion of the former National Vice Chairman of the party, South-South, Hillard Etta, for violating NEC instruction.

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