Fresh crisis looms in APC as party members warn against tenure elongation for Buni c’tte, membership registration

The All Progressives Congress (APC) Concerned Members Forum on Friday issued warning to Governor Mai Buni-led Caretaker Committee not to elongate their tenure in office beyond December 2020.

The APC concerned members also asked the caretaker committee to stop proposed membership registration.

This was made known in a statement issued by the group’s spokesperson Ogenyi Okpokwu.

The group also accused the caretaker commitee of planning to loot N1.5 billion left in the party’s account through the purported voters registration announced on Thursday.

Read the full statement bellow

For the sake of posterity and for the love we share for our great party (APC), we stood our ground effortlessly as concerned members in making sure that the erstwhile working committee led by Comrade Adams Oshiomhole was desolved as the chairman of our great party after being viewed to lack capacity to listen to opposing views within the party, internal democracy and listen to advise from members.

We were part of the court processes and movement, leading the major Protest that led to the sack of Comrade Oshiohmole’s National Working Committee. Our expectation was for the present Caretaker Committee to resolve the internal crises within the Party, conduct Convention and handover to the duly elected National working Committee of our great Party after the expiration of the six months mandate given by the National Executive Committee, NEC.

As loyal party members, even though the composition of the Caretaker Committee was at variance with section 17 (4) of our party’s constitution which states “nobody can hold Executive Position at the same time with Party Position” The party’s National Executive Council breached this same constitution with the imposition of Mai Mala Buni led Caretaker Committee. Remember the word Caretaker is not known to our constitution.

We obeyed the resolution of the NEC meeting as directed by our leader President Muhammadu Buhari after they made the two-resolutions public, which is to reconcile party members in various states of the federation and conduct convention in December 2020. But we were shocked when we read it in the newspapers this thursday that the Caretaker Committee is embarking on new membership registration.

This is outright fraud! How can a Party that have existed for over seven years commence a new registration instead of updating the existing register. It is now clear that the intention is to divert ₦1.5 billion the committee has budgeted for the same exercise without procurement process. The Committee is also planning the dissolution of all Wards, LGA and State Excos and conduct new congresses even though their tenures will not expire till two (2) years’ time, this is must be resisted by all Party members.

As to the Committee’s claims of having finished reconciliation in Ekiti and some other states, the public should know that they have further encouraged crisis in those state chapters than solving problems inherited. A case in point is Zamfara state. Senator Kabir Marafa yesterday exposed the committee’s lies in a statement. He declared that the Buni Committee lied and that the two factions in the state are still very much alive each with its secretariat in operations, likewise in Ekiti Rivers etc.

We are forced to remind the CTC that National Executive Committee (NEC) resolution did not give them such powers to begin new registration of members because none of them were elected without party membership cards. Are Governors Buni, Oyetola,Bello and other members of CTC no longer card carrying members of the party that we now want to give them new membership cards?

All elected members under our party submitted party membership cards to INEC during nomination of candidates because our country’s constitution forbids independent candidacy, so why the rush to discard party register as we battle economic difficulty and with little money in our party’s accounts? Note that all primaries in 2019 and recent ones in Edo and Ondo were done with party register and membership cards

It is no longer a secret that some members of the CTC have been bragging about having gotten the nod of the Presidency to extend their mandate till December 2021!!!

Our Demands:

  1. The Caretaker Committee should begin the process of convening the National Convention in December with immediate effect.
  2. All the permanent party membership cards that were printed and submitted to the party’s National Secretariat by APC Data Center for onward distribution to our members in the Wards, LGA and States should be distributed immediately. Incase they cannot find it; they should request for it at our data center.
  3. The incoming National Working Committee should handle the updating of new register if we so need to update one.
  4. If our demands are not met, we will have no option than to approach the courts for interpretation of our constitution as it was done before you came onboard and we will occupy our secretariats. The party belongs to us all.
  5. The most senior member of sacked Oshiohmole led NWC should be returned as Chairman because that is what our party constitution says.
  6. We call on State Chairmen of the parties not to join the illegal registration because is tailored for your removal from office in the long run

The steps of Buni led Caretaker Committee has further left no one in doubt that the committee has lost foothold in the discharge of its duties as unbiased umpires and now interested in squandering the 3.9 Billion Naira left in the Party’s purse which has been depleted daily.

Lastly, we the Concerned APC members call on President Muhammadu Buhari to Call to order the Caretaker Committee before they destroy the image and the goodwill of our great party due to their selfish interests and tenure elongation plot. We will not sit back and allow this to happen to our beloved.



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