….Says Buni is returning to assume office
By Zakaa Lazarus
The National Secretary, Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) John James Akpanudoedehe on Tuesday insisted that the governing Party is crisis free.
Akpanudoedehe in a press statement release to newsmen in Abuja said, the party is strong and remains united in giving the country the transformative leadership and good governance which she promised them.
The statement said that, the CECPC was appointed, and has always done its best, to steer the affairs of the party in line with the mandate invested in her at inauguration by the National Executive Council (NEC) of the All Progressives Congress.
According to him, on the 28th day of February, 2022 the CECPC Chairman took a long-delayed trip abroad on health grounds, leaving behind written authorisation for other members of the CECPC to continue work in his absence, particularly the day to day management of the APC.
Akpanudoedehe explained in his statement that, the CECPC Chairman Mala Buni absence, sundry activities earlier scheduled for action appeared to develop fresh urgency in order to satisfy the Timetable for the 2023 General Elections released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), thus galvanizing some within the CECPC to act in their best understanding of both the situation and the leadership dynamics in the Committee/Party.
“That all such actions were clearly identified at all times as happening in an acting or proxy capacity, and under the auspices of the substantive Chairman, His Excellency, Governor Mai Mala Buni, contrary to widespread speculations that the Chairman, Secretary or some other officials of the CECPC have been removed from Office or otherwise replaced”. Akpanudoedehe noted.
He assured APC supported that the CECPC is intact and functional as originally constituted.
The statement also assured party faithfuls that all needed to deliver a seamlessly successful National Convention for the APC on March 26, 2022 is on top gear.
“The CECPC shall continue to execute such assignments as are legal pending the return of the Chairman who is on his way back to the country and shall resume Office on arrival with the full support of all members and other stakeholders.
“We are grateful to INEC for her firm guidance in the entire circumstances.
“Meanwhile, the party has engaged a team of senior lawyers to address a purported court order halting the planned APC National Convention.
“We hereby call on the Judiciary to give the matter the needed and expedient attention in our bid to vacate the purported Court order and allow for the conduct of a transparent and rancour-free National Convention deserving of our great party, APC,” he added.
The Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) hereby restates absolute loyalty to the APC, thanks the National Organs and leadership of our Party led by His Excellency, President Muhammadu Buhari, GCFR and reassures our members and citizens that the Party is stronger than ever before and poised to extend her winning streak since 2015 into 2023 and beyond.