A National Leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a statement he personally signed, has hailed President Muhammadu Buhari’s address at the APC NEC meeting, which among all things nullified the decision of the National Working Committee to elongation the tenure of all serving party executives for another one year. The tenure is expected to expire this June
The former Governor of Lagos State, in the statement titled, ‘The President has spoken,’ said the address was straightforward, adding that it showed that the APC was committed to the principles of internal democracy and the rule of law.
“President Buhari’s action saves the party from a serious legal turmoil. If the elongations were deemed illegal, then all subsequent party actions, including the nomination of all of our candidates for elective offices, might also be of questionable legality.
“Such a predicament would constitute an unnecessary and a mortal blow to the party and its role in promoting progressive governance in Nigeria,” Tinubu said.
According to him, the President has affirmed that the APC is a party that adheres to internal democracy.
He said, “The President has spoken. Today is a good day for those who cherish democracy and legality. His action will also strengthen the party by allowing party members, including present incumbents, to seek to contribute to the party by vying for executive offices as they see fit.”
Also, the Edo State Chairman of the APC, Mr. Anselm Ojezua, has described President Buhari’s call as justified and democratic.
The APC national chairman hails from Edo State.
Ojezua said while there had been speculation over the plan to extend the tenure of elected national and state officials of the APC, such a decision would be illegal as it was not backed by the party’s constitution.
He said, “What the President said is justified; that is democracy at work.”