APC Crisis: Millions of Members to Welcome Mai Mala Buni After Medical Trip
- Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state is expected back into the country next week after a medical trip abroad
- The APC national caretaker committee chairman will resume at his duty post according to his supporters
- The supporters also said they are planning a grand welcome back party for the Yobe state chief executive
FCT, Abuja - Barring any last-minute changes, members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are expected to welcome the chairman, Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), Governor Mai Mla Buni, back to the party’s national secretariat in Abuja on Monday, March 14.
The coordinator of a group planning a welcome back party for Governor Buni, said the recent hiccups in the party by some elements were targeted at eliminating the Yobe state chief executive while on his hospital bed.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, March 10, the convener, Hon. Tope Musbau, said some elements resorted to blackmail and campaign of calumny to paint the governor in bad light before President Muhammadu Buhari when their initial plot failed.
According to Musbau, Buni has proven his pedigree, dedication, and commitment to the growth of the party from his time as national secretary to this moment.
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He said it is laughable that vested and compromised interests wanted to capitalise on his health-enforced trip to twist the party in their favour.
Musbau further described the APC leader as an upright man, a staunch disciple of President Buhari’s school of transparency, accountability, and integrity.
“Everyone in Nigeria knows Buni’s pedigree as a forthright leader of the APC. We are not surprised that evil forces who are scared of light want him out at all costs.
“Buni is too decent for the people leading this evil campaign against him. He will not fall for their antics as all they want is to rubbish Mr. President’s legacies.”
Musbau, therefore, promised that loyal party members will roll out the carpet in celebration when the Yobe governor returns to duty.
He said millions of APC supporters across the 36 states will convene in the nation’s capital to welcome Governor Buni as he continues to lead the party.
“Our leader deserves a grand return and that’s what we have planned for him. We will sound the trumpets, hit the drums, sing and dance because what they planned for Governor Buni didn't materialise.
“He will be ushered back to his office by over 10illion party faithful who truly knows his worth and value his quality leadership. No amount of propaganda can deter the CEPCC chairman.
“We are appealing to party stalwarts to converge in their numbers on Monday. Buni’s return is a victory for our party, victory for Nigeria, and victory for democracy.”
Nabena to Sani Bello: You’ve no power to call for NEC meeting
Legit.ng had earlier reported that the deputy national publicity secretary of the APC, Yekini Nabena, on Sunday, March 6 called on the Niger state governor, Sani Bello to stop his plan to call for a NEC meeting without the authorisation of Buni.
Nabena alleged that the plot by the Niger state governor to destabilise the APC has been on for a while because of his vice-presidential ambition in 2023, hence his plan to convey a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng on Sunday, March 6, the APC chieftain said Governor Bello is just an ordinary member of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee and not the chairman or secretary.
Buhari cannot sack Buni As APC national caretaker chairman, says party chieftain
Meanwhile, Ben Abdul, a constitutional and international analyst and chieftain of the APC, has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari cannot sack Governor Buni as the national caretaker chairman of the ruling party.
Abdul made this known in a statement sent to journalists on Monday, March 7 while reacting to the lead story in a major national newspaper that President Buhari had sacked Buni.
He said the only organ of the party that can remove Buni as the chairman of the party is the NEC which is the highest decision-making organ of the party.