APC govs back Buhari on tenure elongation
Written by Uthy on April 4, 2018
State governors elected on the platform of the ruling All Progressives Congress have finally bowed to pressure on the vexed issue of tenure extension for party officials at all levels.
They have now resolved to back President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that such elongation of tenure is illegal.
Some state governors who met with Buhari again on Wednesday disclosed their new position to State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
A similar meeting between the President and all the governors had ended in a deadlock on Tuesday.
Those who met the President on Wednesday included governors of Zamfara, Abdulazeez Yari; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Imo, Rochas Okorocha;Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun.
At the end of the meeting, Yari told reporters that after the Tuesday meeting with Buhari, the governors again met late in the night and decided to round off with consultations with the President.
He said all the 24 state governors have agreed that elections of party officials should hold at all levels as canvassed by the President at the last meeting of the party’s National Executive Council.
Yari said, “We consulted and all the 24 governors of the APC are on the same page with Mr. President that we are going to respect our party’s constitution, and respect the constitution of the Federal.
“Therefore, we collectively agreed that we will have congresses at all levels – Local – State and National.
“The committee set up by the National Secretariat of our party headed by governor of Plateau State, is presenting its report later today (Wednesday). The governors are also meeting with the working committee today so that we come up with convention committee names as well as timetable of the election.
“So, there is no deadlock in our meeting, we have progressed and very soon you will have the names of the convention committee members as well as the timetable.”