- There is an alleged plot by a group under the APC to extend the mandate of the party's caretaker committee
- The caretaker committee was given six months to resolve the crisis in the party and organise a national convention to elect new leaders
- However, a member of the committee said a powerful group within the party is trying to change the plan as part of political permutations for the 2023 elections
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A new report by Thisday has stated that there is an alleged plot by a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) to extend the tenure of the current interim National Working Committee (NWC).
The report further stated that the alleged plot has created sharp division and tension within the ruling party.
Recall that the APC leadership had set up the interim committee after dissolving the Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC in a bid to resolve the crisis rocking the party.
Its mandate was to resolve the crisis and organise a national convention for new leaders to emerge.
The caretaker committee headed by Yobe state governor, Alhaji Mai Mala Buni, was given six months by the National Executive Committee (NEC) presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari to complete its assignment.
However, less than three months to the expiration of the tenure of the interim committee, Thisday reported that its findings showed that there are no plans to call for a national convention of APC this year.
A member of the caretaker committee who spoke anonymously claimed there is a plot by a powerful group within the party to extend the tenure of the current leadership.
He said the group which claimed to have the ears of President Buhari is also planning to carry out new membership registration exercise that will last several months before a national convention is called.
He said the same group which allegedly forced Oshiomhole out of office is ‘’desperate’’ to take full control of the party, “in line with its 2023 calculation.’’
The allegation has, however, been denied by the media aide to the caretaker chairman, Mamman Mohammed.
Mohammed described the said plot to extend the mandate of the committee as mere speculation.
Meanwhile, barely eight months after it lost the governorship position to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the APC has vowed that it would do all it can to win the two vacant senatorial seats in Bayelsa state.
The party’s caretaker committee chairman, Governor Buni, disclosed this on Tuesday, October 6, during the inauguration of an eleven-member reconciliatory/election committee in Abuja.
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