There were strong indications on Wednesday that the Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary National Convention Planning Committee was battling against time ahead of the expiration of its six-month tenure, which began in June.
The PUNCH gathered in Abuja that although the tenure of the caretaker committee would end in December, it had yet to make substantial progress on its main assignments, which include the withdrawal of court cases instituted against the party and or its leaders, the reconciliation of aggrieved party members and preparations for the national convention.
It was learnt that the caretaker committee would seek an extension of its tenure to enable it to deal with these issues, which would ultimately lead to the shift of the national convention initially scheduled for November.
A member of the APC National Executive Committee, who confided in our correspondent on Wednesday, said the committee would be hinging its request on these realities.
There were indications on Wednesday the party might hold a NEC meeting where the tenure of the caretaker committee would be extended to enable it to complete its assignment.
Recall that the APC’s NEC had, during a meeting held at the Presidential Villa on June 25, dissolved the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee and set up the committee headed by Buni.
Following the decision reached by the party’s NEC at its last meeting held in June, the caretaker committee’s tenure is six months which ends by December 2020. The APC is required to have held a national convention where substantive officers of the party will emerge.
However, Article 25 A (ii) of the party’s constitution states, “Without prejudice to Article 25 (A) (i) of this Constitution, the National Executive Committee may summon an emergency National Convention at any time provided at least seven (7) days’ notice of the meeting shall be given to all members eligible to attend.”
Before the June NEC meeting, the party had been battling a protracted crisis, which led to the suspension of the National Chairman, Oshiomhole, by a Federal High Court in Abuja, a decision which was subsequently upheld by the Court of Appeal on June 16.
Soon after his suspension, 14 of 20 members of the NWC announced the late governor of Oyo State, Abiola Ajimobi, who was then the Deputy National Chairman, as acting National Chairman.