Mala Buni’s loyalists have retaken National Secretariat in Abuja.
- This is coming shortly after a failed coup against the National Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC.
EKO HOT BLOG reports that Gov. Mai Mala Buni’s loyalists, on Tuesday took over the Buhari House national secretariat of the party.
This is coming shortly after a failed coup against the National Chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the All Progressives Congress APC, Gov. Mai Mala Buni.
Newsmen gathered that the move is preparatory to the return of Gov. Buni back into the country.
Specifically, the National Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe who has been away from the secretariat was on hand on Tuesday accompanied by the Kogi state chairman of the party, Abdullahi Bello and some aides of Gov. Buni.
Recall that President Muhammadu Buhari allegedly approved the removal of the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, as the Chairman, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the party and in his stead, appointed his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello.
A faction of the APC governors was alleged to have complained bitterly to the president that Buni was not inclined to hold the convention as rescheduled, because there were no preparations on the ground to indicate so.
Buni flew to Dubai for medical reasons and was not around to defend himself. But the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha and another top Villa player, were said to have intervened on behalf of Buni when they got wind of the development and advised the president to exercise caution against such action.
They were said to have reminded Buhari it was only the NEC of the Party that could convene and remove Buni, and after he must have been given seven days notice of removal. They, however, contended that anything outside the laid down processes could be challenged in court, with the potential of disrupting the rescheduled March 26 Convention date.
“They are creating an unnecessary crisis in the party, because of their selfish interests. How can they claim there are no preparations to hold the convention when various convention sub-committees have been announced.
“Committees will be inaugurated in a few days. These people are not sincere. Some governors have been scheming to take over the functions of CECPC to further their own interests.
The immediate way out of this is; if Buni voluntarily resigns, which he had two weeks ago threatened to during the APC governors meeting in Abuja,” they claimed.
Also, a former governor of Nasarawa State and frontline aspirant for the All Progressives Congress (APC) national chairmanship, Senator Tanko Al-Makura, has denied working against the president’s choice of consensus candidate.
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