The Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has on Friday stated that the Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni is Still the Chairman of the CECPC.
Addressing the journalists at the Buhari House National Secretariat of the party in Abuja, the spokesman of the CECPC, Ismaeel Ahmed, said the Niger State Governor Sani Bello is only acting as Chairman for the absence of Governor Buni.
He noted that Governor Buni had written a letter and transmitted power to Governor Bello to enable him to go for medical treatment, “those are two emergencies. He has a medical emergency, that cannot wait for Convention. We have a Convention that cannot wait for him to be healthy.
“So, one has to leave for the other, whichever, he has transmitted a letter and Governor Sani Bello has been acting appropriately. Why is it so difficult for people to understand that?
He maintained that Governor Sani Bello is acting with the full authority of the CECPC, its stakeholders and with the full consent of Governor Mai Mala Buni.
the spokesman also stated that the party has stepped up preparations for its national convention “As part of efforts towards the hitch-free conduct of the March 26th National Convention of the APC, the CECPC stepped up preparations this week.
“It convened a meeting chaired by Governor Bello, where strategies were adopted to fast-track the process towards conducting a National Convention and 35 State chairmen of the APC and that of the FCT were sworn-in and mandated to work towards ensuring unity and harmony in their states.
“They were also charged to mobilise the members and the people to enable the party to win future elections.
He said CECPC has streamlined and expanded the leadership of the various sub-committees for the conduct of the Convention by bringing in more Governors and Ministers to spearhead the process to foster and deepen the sense of belonging, inclusiveness and reflect what he described as the mosaic nature of the membership of the party.
Ahmad further disclosed that the previously scheduled Zonal Congresses will now be part of the National Convention and assured that the March 26th date is sacrosanct.
This is coming a moment after a leaked letter from the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) pointed out that the invitation to the emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee was unconstitutional.
CECPC had on Wednesday, March 8, written to the electoral body inviting it to the emergency NEC meeting of the party but the electoral commission in its reply stated that the notice for the meeting was not signed by the National Chairman and National Secretary of the CECPC, runs contrary to the provision of the Article 1.1.3 of the Commission’s Regulations and Guidelines for Political Party Operations (2014).