APC crisis: Buhari backs Buni-led committee, issues new directives to governors

President Muhammadu Buhari has once again stepped into the conflict rocking the All Progressives Congress, APC.

President Buhari stated in a letter personally signed by him and addressed to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, who is also the Chairman of the Progressive Governors Forum, that the wide variety of cases currently rocking the party has the potential to invalidate the party’s activities and actions by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

This was revealed by Buhari’s spokesman, Femi Adesina, in a statement on Wednesday.

The letter, which was also copied to the Chairman of Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC), the Acting Chairman of the CECC, Governor Sani Bello, the Director-General of the DSS as well as the Inspector General of Police, the President said that since the Party could not change the leadership of the CECC without infringing on the time limit set by INEC, and the fact that the current uncertainties and controversies “pose a real threat to the party,” he has therefore directed as follows:

“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 behavior or utterance that will likely lead to disunity in the ranks of the Party, and ultimately jeopardize 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.”


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