…Buni Fires Back, Demand Arrest Of Factional leaders
There is crisis in the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has a new faction led by one of the support groups in the party, the Progressive Youth Movement (PYM) purportedly disbanded the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC.
The movement after their meeting announced Prince Mustapha Audu as Chairman of the new CECPC with a mandate to conduct the party’s national convention on February 26.
The youths also named Senate President, Ahmad Lawan and House Speaker, Femi Gbajabiamila into the new CECPC as representatives of the National Assembly.
At a news conference Monday in Abuja, the new Chairman of the CECPC, Prince Mustapha Audu said his group is out to rescue the party from imminent collapse.
Mustapha is the son of a former governor of Kogi state and late chieftain of the party, Prince Abubakar Audu.
“Today we are here to inaugurate the PYM – CECPC. These young men and women of noble repute have been carefully selected and mandated by all the well-meaning young stakeholders of our great party the APC to plan and execute our convention before the end of February 2022,” he said.
Audu, who also inaugurated reconciliatory and advisory committees to interface with aggrieved stakeholders and resolve all issues, added that his group would use all available legal means to chase the Buni committee out of the “Buhari House”, national secretariat of the party.
“We are aware of the plethora of issues within the party,” he said, adding that “Our party has had a history of shying away from true reconciliation and in many cases inflicting chastisement on members that should have been rewarded for their effort towards building the APC.
“We will also be setting up a reconciliatory committee to help reconcile aggrieved members within the party.
“It is clear that in the last couple of years the party has been on a regressive course and it is necessary for all well-meaning party members to roll up our sleeves and do the needful to ensure that we correct the mistakes that have been made, to ensure victory in 2023 for all stakeholders.
“I would advise all party members to look inwards and understand the need to do things differently so that we can ensure we win back the trust of the Nigerian people as we move closer to the election year.
“Let us join hands and strengthen our internal democracy in our dear party the APC and show Nigerians that we have what it takes and we deserve their votes in 2023. Without further ado, I would like to read out the list of our Caretaker Committee members to be inaugurated today.”
Other committee members inaugurated include: Vice Chair North, Tukur Tukur Buratai; Vice Chair South, Busayo Akinnadeju; South West Representative, Hon. Omowunmi Ogungbaibi; South East Representative, Barr Nonso Nwaebili and South South Representative, Prince Godswill Edward.
North Central Representative, Dr Ibrahim Abdul; North East Representative, Hon. Ibrahim A Waziri; North West Representative, Bello Bala Shagari; Senate Representative, Sen. Ahmed Ibrahim Lawan; House of Representative, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and Physically Challenged, Sajo Xcarfini were also inaugurated.
Reacting the Buni-led committee issued a statement signed by its Secretary, Mr John James Akpanudoedehe describing members of Audu members as impostors as they are not registered members of the APC.
“We have received several enquiries from the media and concerned APC members on the felonious activities of a purported group parading themselves as ‘Progressive Youth Movement,” the statement read.
Continuing it said, “The purported group and membership are unknown to the Party, its structure or as a registered support group. Hence, we completely disown them and cannot account for their activities or join issues with them.
“However laughable, the criminal attempt of the purported group to usurp the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC now bothers on treasonable felony. Relevant security bodies must now check and address their unscrupulous activities.
“The attention the purported group seeks will not be given to them by the party. We can only advise that the general public completely disregard them. Members of this group are not registered members of the APC and are being used by opposition elements and fifth columnists to cause confusion.
“As widely reported, the successful meeting between the APC leadership, Progressive Governors’ Forum and the President produced February 2022 as the timeframe for the Party’s National Convention. Our focus now is preparing the grounds for a rancour-free exercise.”