- The forum of ex-APC members of the House of Representatives have declared their unalloyed loyalty to the party leadership
- The group was reacting to the recent rumours of the party removing them as statutory delegates ahead of the national convention
- The forum however expressed concerns that the party leadership did not consult them before the decision to amend the APC constitution was taken
FCT, Abuja - The forum of ex-APC members of the House of Representatives have described the withdrawal of the proposed amendment of the party’s constitution as statutory delegates to the forthcoming national convention as a decision well thought out by the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
The CECPC on Wednesday, February 16 confirmed the proposed removal of former and serving members of the National Assembly as statutory delegates from the national convention.
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A statement signed on the same day by the protem chairman of the forum, Hon Ibrahim Zailani, said members were elated to see the advertorial on national newspapers signed by the national secretary of the CECPC, Sen John James Akpanudoedehe where the withdrawal is confirmed.
He said the reason given by the CECPC for the proposed removal of former and serving members of the National Assembly from the national convention which was described as inadvertent omission was also noted by the Forum.
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The forum however expressed displeasure that it was overlooked in consultations leading to the decision to even make necessary amendments in the constitution.
The group advised the leadership of the party to ensure due diligence before very sensitive publications like that are made public.
Part of the statement read:
“Yes, we are glad the party leadership did the needful by quickly rectifying an error that could have spelt unimaginable consequences to the stability of the APC.
“The truth needs to be told that such an inadvertent error that has overheated the party's space for the past few days could have been avoided had proper scrutiny and due diligence been applied by the officers concerned.
“We hereby reiterate our plea to the leadership of the party that as a progressive entity, the onus is on our party to lead the way in espousing progressive ideologies chief of which is the institutionalisation of internal democracy.
“Anything short of this would mean no good for the unity and progress of our party. We, in the meantime, place our unalloyed loyalty and support to the CECPC and the party.”
APC state chairman hail Mai Mala Buni, Yahaya Bello
On its part, the forum of the APC state chairmen have described both the Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state and his Kogi state counterpart, Alhaji Yahaya Bello as great blessings to the ruling party.
The forum's chairperson and Borno state APC chairman, Alhaji Bukar Dalori, made the comment on Thursday, February 3 in Abuja, shortly after the inauguration of the newly elected state chairmen of the party.
Dalori, who expressed gratitude to Governor Buni and all other party leaders for the confidence reposed in them said they have watched both Governor Buni and Alhaji Yahaya Bello's exemplary leadership over the years.
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In a related development, the South-South Emerging Leaders' Forum (SELF) has warned members of the APC not to elect some former governors and individuals in the race who have been indicted for some financial crimes by anti-corruption agencies.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Wednesday, January 19, the national coordinator of the group, Barrister Preye Wilson, warned that the ruling party does not need a national chairman that will be dragging in and out of the anti-corruption agencies' offices to explain their dealings in the past.
Barrister Wilson said it is time for the ruling party to deviate from past experiences of electing a former governor as national chairman.