- The Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has taken full control of the party secretariat
- This is coming after a week of the leadership crisis that rocked the ruling All Progressives Congress
- Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, the caretaker committee's secretary on Tuesday, March 15, resumed work at the secretariat
Abuja - A report by Daily Trust indicates that the “coup” against the chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, has failed.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had failed to acknowledge the leadership of Governor Sani Bello of Niger state who had taken charge of the party.
It was gathered that this development forced APC stakeholders to restrategise.
The committee's secretary Senator John James Akpanudoedehe who normally presides over the party’s affairs in the absence of Buni resumed at the APC national secretariat on Tuesday afternoon, March 15, The Nation added.
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Buni to resume soon
Sources at the APC secretariat also indicated that the Yobe state governor who travelled abroad for medical attention is expected to resume work.
Akpanudoedehe in a statement issued to clarify recent events maintained that the ruling party is crisis-free and strong.
He went on to reassure the members and stakeholders of the party, as well as the Nigerian people in general that APC remains united in giving the country transformative leadership and good governance.
How Niger governor emerged APC's acting chairman
In a previous report by Legit.ng, Governor Sani Bello of Niger state on Monday, March 7, took control of the ruling APC, declaring himself as "acting chairman".
He claimed that he had been serving as the acting chairman "for a while since the chairman (Buni) travelled.
The Niger state governor, however, declined comment when asked to confirm whether Buni has been sacked and he has been appointed as the new chairman of the caretaker committee.
Why I replaced Buni, Governor Sani Bello reveals
In a related development, the governor of Niger state made a strong revelation as to why he replaced Buni as the caretaker chairman of the APC.
Bello while at the party’s secretariat on Monday, March 7, said his emergence as chairman of the party’s caretaker committee was due to Buni’s absence.
The Niger governor said Buni travelled, which in turn prompted the change in leadership in the party.