National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC), John Odigie Oyegun has finally lost out in the attempt to extend his tenure and that of other executives of the party.
Governors of the party on Wednesday, aligned with President Muhammadu Buhari and a National leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, that the tenure elongation earlier approved for Oyegun and others is illegal.
All 24 governors of the party have agreed with President Buhari for the election of a new National Working Committee (NEC).
This development was made known to State House correspondent by Zamfara State Governor Abdulaziz Yari after the governors again met with Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja on Wednesday behind closed doors.
Buhari,earlier on Tuesday had a similar meeting with all the governors but the meeting ended in a deadlock.
However, those who attended the Wednesday included governors of Zamfara, Abdulaziz Yari; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Imo, Rochas Okorocha; Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje and Ogun, Ibikunle Amosun.
Speaking to newsmen at the end of the meeting, Yari explained that after the Tuesday meeting, the governors had again met late in the night with Buhari and decided to round off with consultations with the President.
According to Yari, all the 24 state governors have accepted that elections of party officials should hold at all levels as President Buhari recently said at the last meeting of the party’s NEC.
“We consulted and all the 24 governors of the APC are on the same page with Mr. President that we are going to respect our party’s constitution, and respect the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria. Therefore, we collectively agreed that we will have congresses at all levels – Local – State and National.
“The committee set up by the National Secretariat of our party headed by governor of Plateau State, is presenting its report later today (Wednesday). The governors are also meeting with the working committee today so that we come up with convention committee names as well as timetable of the election.
“So, there is no deadlock in our meeting, we have progressed and very soon you will have the names of the convention committee members as well as the timetable,” Yari said.
Governor Okorocha, who also spoke told reporters that irrespective of the developments of the last few days that there was no crisis in APC and called on Nigerians peddling rumour of crisis in the party to discontinue.
Okorocha said, “The issue was that some people who believe that we did not have enough time to organise a party congress and run election. Some people felt that it was a good idea but the most important thing is that, if we do that, we will be contravening both our party constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“That is the major issue that we have that they call crisis. We do not have virus. This morning, we met with Mr. President to fine-tune issues, one regarding the congress and we have resolved that the congresses at all levels and the chairman of the elongation committee, is also fine-tuning the arrangement in the same line.
To this effect, the convention committee will be set out, it will be announced. We are simply saying that their tenure has ended and those who wish to re-contest can re-contest and can be elected into our party structure.
“So we are all one as family and we are set to go for 2019 elections in victory.”