The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is going on with the process to elect its new leaders commencing from the Ward level, tomorrow, at a time the legality of its Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee has been called to question following Wednesday’s split judgment at the Supreme Court, which gave victory to the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu.
The pronouncement by three of the seven Supreme Court justices against the competence of the committee led by the Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, sparked a frenzy among party stakeholders with some members calling on the governor to step aside in order to “save the party” from a possible big fall.
Akelicious had yesterday reported how the Minister of State for Labour, Festus Keyamo (SAN) cautioned the APC to suspend the scheduled congresses, saying the exercise may end up as futile if challenged before a court.
Two aides of President Muhammadu Buhari, Senator Babafemi Ojudu (Special Adviser on Political Matters) and Senator Ita Enang (Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs), yesterday said the party should heed the warning by the apex court justices to avoid having short-lived victory that could be upturned in court.
But some key party members and lawyers, including Deputy President of the Senate, Ovie Omo-Agege, said the Buni committee is legitimate and cannot be affected by any court judgment now, or in the future.
The APC Caretaker Committee was constituted in June 2020, sequel to the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) over alleged abuse of office.
But Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee, Sen. John James Akpanudoedehe in a statement yesterday said ward congresses will start tomorrow.
The APC scribe said the clarification is against the backdrop of personal opinions being expressed by some individuals on the status of the committee and its capacity to conduct the congresses.
He said, “To this end, Ward Congress Committees of the party have already been inaugurated and delegated with the responsibility of conducting, supervising, monitoring the scheduled Ward Congresses.
“While it is not our intention to join issues with these commentators, the Supreme Court’s Wednesday judgement affirming the election victory of the Ondo State Governor, Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) had no bearing on the CECPC’s status and its membership.
“Party members and aspirants should therefore come out en masse and peacefully to participate in the ward congresses, come Saturday.”