Oyegun / Photo Credit: 36NG
The National Executive Committee, NEC, of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday announced 12-months tenure extension for the John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
Oyegun’s tenure elongation was part of decisions reached following a three -hour meeting of the APC NEC, which took place at the party’ s national secretariat in Abuja.
Recall that the committee’s tenure is billed to expire by 12 June this year, but that would not happen until another 12-months with the recent decision by the party.
Disclosing this after the meeting, Kogi State Governor, Alhaji Yahaya Bello, said the decision was taken in line with Article 13 of the party’s constitution.
According to him, “At the end of the National Executive Council meeting today , a major decision was taken in line with the constitution of our party. We are all aware that the tenure of the current NWC and the executive members of this party both elected and appointed comes to an end in June this year.
“Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the congresses and convention and considering that our leader , Senator Bola Tinubu, has been charged with the responsibility of reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach the general elections with more dispute and crises.
“So , relying on Article 13 of our constitution, which empowers the NEC to carry out the function of the convention , the NEC has decided to extend the tenure of the current National Working Committee and other executive committees at various levels for another 12 months , starting from June 30th. ”
Meanwhile, the national chairman of the party, Oyegun, has stated that the outcome of the meeting had vindicated him of attacks from some quarters of the ruling party, even as he added that it had also shamed those calling for his removal from office.
The APC chairman stated this while briefing State House Correspondents after the meeting, Oyegun accused the media ‘of manufacturing and exaggerating issues within the party.’
He said: “In fact, I want to ask the media where did they dig them out (of) because we just had a pleasant meeting and all what I have been reading in the media none of it (happened), all the prophecies of doom none of it even came near for mention.
He added: “It is the media we should ask where do they get those stories from, where do you get them? Nothing like that ever happened; nothing like that was ever discussed; nothing like that came up – beautiful, pleasant, intellectual, deep reasoning today about issues.’’
Oyegun, went on to reveal that the APC convention would be coming up in June.