The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Thursday, June 25, has dissolved its National Working Committee (NWC) as a result of the crisis threatening to collapse the ruling party.
This drastic decision of the party came on the heels of recommendations made by President Muhammadu Buhari during a crucial meeting on Thursday.
The dissolution of the APC’s NWC was announced on the Twitter page of President Buhari’s special assistant on new media, Bashir Ahmad.
In place of the NWC, the party’s National Executive Council (NEC) announced the composition of a caretaker committee to oversee a new national convention.
The said committee is to be chaired by the governor of Yobe state, Alhaji Mai Bala Muni.
Muni was sworn-in at the meeting by Minister of Justice and Attorney-General of the Federation (AGF) Abubakar Malami.
The NEC also ratified the APC primary election in Edo state, meaning the party will retain Pastor Osagie Ize-Iyamu as its candidate for the gubernatorial poll.
Ahmad on his Twitter page made it clear that the ruling party’s national leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, was not a member of the NEC and as such, he cannot attend the council’s meetings.
The presidential aide stated: “There are some people who need to know that the National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is not a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the Party, hence, he doesn’t attend the NEC Meetings. This is very clear!”
Also, a prominent law professor, Itse Sagay (SAN), had advised President Buhari not to attend the APC NEC meeting called by Victor Giadom on Thursday, June 25.
Sagay, the chairman of the Presidential Advisory Committee Against Corruption (PACAC), gave at least three reasons why the president should not attend the meeting.
Firstly, the senior lawyer said Giadom had no right to summon the meeting because as a deputy national secretary, he was not in line to succeed the national chairman.