APC Tenure Elongation Palaver : Lalong Committee submits report, assures party will bounce back stronger. 

The technical committee on All Progressives Congress (APC) National Working Committee (NWC) tenure elongation submitted its report on Friday.

Giving the document to the party´s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, in Abuja, the committee’s Chairman, Gov. Simon Lalong of Plateau, urged the party leadership to painstakingly study the recommendations.

He said that if the recommendations were accepted and implemented, the leadership logjam in the party would “become a thing of the past’’.

´´The task appeared not easy when it was given to us, but with God on our side and the very wide consultations we made, we accomplished it.

Declared he: ´This report has solved most of the problems that we were thinking was within the APC, that is to tell you that there is democracy in the party. ´´ 

Lalong revealed  that in carrying out the assignment, the committee was guided by the party´s constitution and the 1999 Constitution of the country.

“The committee also looked at the minutes of the party´s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of Feb. 27 where the decision to extend the Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC and other party executives by one year starting from June was taken.

President Muhammadu Buhari, at another NEC meeting on March 27, had opposed the tenure extension decision, describing it as illegal and unconstitutional.

The President  noted then with concern that the decision was causing acrimony within the party, with some members not comfortable with the matter thereby dragging the party to court.

Lalong explained that the committee also looked at the passion and the commitment of the President towards keeping the party as one and at the end of the day made far-reaching recommendations.

He added that the interests identified were genuine, and that the committee was able ´´to marry´´ all interests for the party to move forward.

“A lots of things will be revealed in the report,’’ he said, adding that the committee´s report contained recommendations of certain issues that it thought the party should carry out immediately.

He hinted that one of such recommendations was that the party´s leadership must summon another NEC meeting.

He hinted that officers of the party have already received notices of NEC meeting for Monday which is also in line with our recommendations and we want to assure you that at the end of the day, APC is coming back to life. 

Receiving the report, Odigie-Oyegun commended the committee for the job, “finally, the recommendations in your report will lay to rest the ghost that has been hovering over the leadership of APC”. 

Courtesy : NAN

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