APC Leadership Tenure Elongation Illegal, Says President Buhari
President Muhammadu Buhari has frowned at the tenure extension of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman and other elected state officials of the party.
The President expressed his disapproval while addressing members of the National Executive Committee of the party in Abuja, on Tuesday.
While describing the tenure elongation as illegal, the President explained that after due consultation, it had become imperative to overturn the resolution of the February 27 NEC which allowed the tenure extension of Mr Odigie-Oyegun by one year.
His words: “In particular, I think it is important for me to speak quickly on the contentious issue of the tenure of our National and State Executive Officers. As we all know, a motion was moved at the last National Executive Committee meeting of February 27, 2018, to the effect that when the tenure of the current executives expire in June this year, they should be allowed to continue for one year.
“This motion was duly carried by a majority of members present at the last NEC Meeting, even though some of our party members have since spoken up very vehemently against it. Others have even taken the matter to court.
“?On my own part, I have taken some time to review and seek advise on the resolution. And what I found is that it contravenes both our party Constitution and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.”
The President stressed that while the APC Constitution, in Article 17(1) and 13.2(B), limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election, the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), in section 223, also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals, which must not exceed four years.
More so, Article 31 of the Party’s Constitution provides that any principal officer wishing to re-contest or contest for another post, must resign from his current post at least one month before the election.
“In this circumstance, what is expected of us is to conduct fresh elections, once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end. A Caretaker Committee cannot remedy this situation, and cannot validly act in place of elected officers,” the President added