Governors of the All Progressives Congress, APC, came hard on the national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, over the continued non-conveyance of the party’s National Executive Committe, NEC, meeting, describing it as unfair to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The News Agency of Nigeria, NAN, reported that the governors, under the aegis of the Progressives Governors’ Forum, PGF, noted with displeasure that it has been over 14 months since the last NEC was held. That was in August 2019.
Briefing newsmen in Abuja, on Thursday, the Director-General of the Forum, Mr. Salihu Lukman, said that a National Executive Council meeting of the party had become necessary to address some of the brewing crisis in the party.
He recalled that President Muhammadu Buhari had appealed to the party’s leadership to institutionalise democracy within the party by following its rules.
According to him, Oshiomhole should be fair to President Muhammadu Buhari because the president has promised not to interfere with the affairs of the party and has demonstrated confidence on the party’s leadership ability to manage the party’s affairs.
He said that it was also a breach of the party’s constitution that the NEC had not been held in over one year when APC’s constitution provides that it be held every quarter.
The director-general recalled that Oshiomhole had, during his May 10, 2018 declaration speech, pledged to ensure that all organs of the party meet regularly to promote internal democracy as stipulated by the party’s constitution.
“For instance, article 25 of APC constitution provides that National Convention shall be held once in two years, NEC meeting holds every quarter, and National Working Committee (NWC) meeting once every month,” Lukman said.
The PGF Lukman, who said that the party held its last NEC meeting in August 2018 ,said that all party’s leaders needed to insist that NEC meeting should be convened.
The party officials had also made similar demand on Wednesday in a statement.(NAN)