APC national executive committee meets over restructuring, others today


Briefing journalists midway into the NEC meeting, Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello said the decision was based on Article 13 of the party which gives it such powers.

There had been strong speculation that the National Executive Committee NEC of the party which holds Tuesday in Abuja would approve the sack of the NWC and put in its place a caretaker committee to steer the party through the general elections.

Party nsiders, who confided to newsmen, are however, wondering whether President Buhari would allow Tinubu get the better of the national chairman, whom they believe offended the former Lagos governor by switching to the side of the President shortly after the former backed him to emerge as chairman.

Today's meeting would ratify a comprehensive programme with dates on Continuous Nationwide Membership Registration Exercise, Ward Congresses, Local Government Area Congresses, State Congresses and National Convention which was brought to the attention of the National Caucus at the October 31, 2017 meeting.

The News Agency of Nigeria reports that the meeting will also discuss national issues, the crisis within the party and take a decision on when its National Convention would hold.

The National chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of he National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling party have survived what could have ended their tenure as officials of the party on Monday.

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President Buhari and Vice President Osinbajo are expected to attend today's meeting.

With Bello were National Publicity Secretary Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi and the party's chairmen in Plateau, Rivers, Anambra, Ondo and Nasarawa states.

The APC, which has not held a convention since 2014, is now embroiled in series of conflicts amongst party members.

Led by its speaker, Rt. Hon.

Nkire, who was once the National Chairman of the Progressive People's Alliance, said party administration was like any other corporate management effort, which required that its image be considered as important as the product of the corporate entity, if not more.

"These statements have encouraged misconception" they said.