The National Executive Committee (NEC) of APC was shocked this morning with the decision of President Buhari, which saw the cancellation of tenure extension for the National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun and other officials.
Though the APC’s National chairman, John Oyegun is yet to react to the new development, however it was gathered that President Buhari told a packed hall at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, to consider cancelling the tenure extension decision because it was against the party constitution.
“it is against the party constitution and the Nigerian constitution” he said. According to him, he doesn’t want the party’s decision to be faulted by any court of law. President Buhari also said the tenure elongation will be a draw back for the party, and will create divisions within the party.
Recall that APC’s announcement of extension of the tenure of members of National Working Committee (NWC) led by John Odigie-Oyegun by one year, was opposed by the National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu and Lagos APC in general.
On the other hand, as the 2019 General elections draws nearer, President Buhari who spoke on the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, and the humanitarian and security challenges in Northeast, during a closed door meeting with the UN deputy secretary-general, Amina Mohammed, in Abuja, assured the international agency of his readiness to conduct a free and fair election in 2019.
“On preparations for the 2019 elections and expected support from the United Nations, President Muhammadu Buhari welcomed continuous support from the United Nations. And assured the deputy secretary-general of his commitment to ensuring credible, free and fair elections in Nigeria.” the UN statement detailing the outcome of the meeting read.
“On the situation in Cameroon and the status of Cameroonian Refugees in Nigeria, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Deputy Secretary-General agreed on the need to respect international obligations on the rights of refugees and asylum seekers, the Cameroonians in particular. They also called for the respect of the guarantee of fair and humane treatment of those recently arrested and deported to Cameroon. On the Africa Continental Free Trade Agreement, President Muhammadu Buhari assured the Deputy Secretary-General of the country’s intention to sign the agreement following national consultations. On the humanitarian and security situation in the North East, President Muhammadu Buhari and the Deputy-Secretary welcomed the speedy return of the recently abducted girls from Dapchi. And highlighted the need for particular attention to be given to securing schools through the accelerated implementation of the Safe School Initiative.”