Mai Mala Buni, the All Progressives Congress, APC, National Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, has disclosed why governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are defecting to the party.
Buni, a Governor of Yobe State, explained that APC was more orderly, peaceful, and accommodating.
He disclosed this during a meeting of CECPC with Buhari at the State House in Abuja.
The Chairman of the CECPC said all issues and members were given a fair hearing, and an open-door policy was created to accommodate all those that were aggrieved, leading to the withdrawal of cases in court and peaceful settlements.
Buni said the committee approached the duty with commitment and dedication to rescue the party from imminent collapse.
Buni said: “We are currently witnessing high-powered decamping to our party, including governors from the PDP.
“The party is now more peaceful, orderly and accommodating than what we met on the ground. Although there was initial fear, the mobilisations and sensitizations were able to allay the fears of members.’’
The Yobe State governor said the registration and revalidation of members across the country recorded more than 40 million members and an appeal committee was also set up to hear all matters related to the process so that no member gets disenfranchised.
“We have observed that youth and women constitute a huge population of the voting group. We had a youth and women committee, and also people with disability,’’ he added.
He said a Contact and Strategy Team had been set up in every state to come up with an acceptable template that would ensure transparency, credibility and acceptability of the internal electoral processes.
Buni also said the committee had instituted a process to review the party’s constitution and look into loopholes that usually fan conflict and litigations among members, with more than 500 memoranda already received.
The CECPC Chairman told the President and other party members that 14 party members had indicated interest to contest for the Anambra State elections, assuring that the primary elections will be free, fair and transparent.
The Yobe State governor said huge legal fees were inherited, and the committee had worked with members to settle all the outstanding, after scaling them down, noting that payment for the APC National Secretariat had been completed.
“The party members have agreed to name the secretariat, Muhammadu Buhari House,’’ he added.
While thanking the President for his support and insight, Buni noted that a National Conference for the Youths was organized recently as part of the bottom-up approach to strengthening the party and ensuring the relevance of all stakeholders.