Buni Regains Control of APC, Reverses Major Actions Taken by Gov Bello as Fani-Kayode Gets Key Appointment
- Governor Buni has made a major move to assert himself as the national chairman, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the APC
- The Yobe state governor abandoned the national convention sub-committee list earlier adopted by Governor Sani Bello
- Buni who got the backing of President Buhari to reassume the APC leadership had also cancelled a NEC meeting scheduled to hold on Thursday, March 17
FCT, Abuja - Governor Mai Mala Buni has dumped the national convention sub-committee list earlier adopted by the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)'s acting national chairman, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello.
Buni had earlier cancelled the emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting slated for Thursday, March 17.
The national chairman of the CECPC followed up on Thursday morning by dumping Governor Bello’s sub-committees and reverting to his own original list, Vanguard reported.
Major changes in the list
Legit.ng learns that Governor Bello had in his list dropped some people including Chief Femi Fani-Kayode while he rejigged the composition of the other sub-committees.
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With Governor Buni's move, Governor Babajide Sanwo-Olu of Lagos state who was removed as the chairman of media and publicity sub-committee to head the finance subcommittee has now reverted to his initial role.
Fani-Kayode has also now reportedly been reappointed as deputy chairman of the committee as opposed to Bello’s list which had named the minister of information and culture, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, as co-chairman.
In Buni's new list, Kano state governor, Umar Abdullahi Ganduje, was dropped as chairman of the protocol sub-committee.
Replacing Ganduje as protocol sub-committee is the Kogi state governor. The Kano governor will now revert to his earlier role as chairman, subcommittee on Accreditation of Volunteers/Diplomats/Diaspora/ Observers.
Buni removes CECPC members from central coordinating sub-committee
Meanwhile, Governor Buni also removed other members of the CECPC from the central coordinating sub-committee.
Legit.ng gathers that the Yobe state governor named only himself and the national secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, as chairman and secretary of the sub-committee.
Recall that Governor Bello had, in Buni’s absence, on Wednesday, March 9 inaugurated about 20 sub-committees, declaring their membership composition as final.
APC leadership crisis: Buhari says Buni should take charge
Meanwhile, Governor Buni was on the verge of being kicked out of his position as the national chairman of the CECPC until when President Muhammadu Buhari directed APC governors to work hand in hand with him for a successful national convention.
In a letter addressed to Governor Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi state who is also the chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum, Buhari said the multiplicity of cases currently rocking the party has the prospect of invalidating the activities and actions of the party by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The president, therefore, directed that Buni should be allowed to conduct the national convention of the APC.