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Concerns Over NEC, Caucus Meetings In APC As Ganduje’s Fate Splits Govs

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There are growing concerns in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over the failure of the party’s national chairman, Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, to convene National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings.

Reports on Sunday claimed that the two organs of the party are key in fine-tuning and ratifying decisions of the National Working Committee (NWC), especially the NEC, which is its second highest decision-making organ.

Unlike the NWC, which is saddled with the day-to-day running of the party, the NEC ratifies NWC’s decisions on key issues, and where necessary, subjects them to the national convention, which is the highest organ, for final decisions.

The APC constitution provides that NEC meetings should be held quarterly to brainstorm and review developments in the party, with a view to ensuring its progress and stability.

Sources in the APC, however, said that aside from the national caucus and NEC meetings yet to be convened, the National Advisory Council of the party was also yet to be constituted despite being an advisory body of elders expected to serve as the conscience of the party, like the Board of Trustees (BoT) in other cases.

Findings revealed that since Ganduje was appointed as the APC helmsman at a NEC meeting held on August 3, 2023, only the NWC has been meeting, while all other organs have remained comatose.

Recall that from August last year till date, several members of the party have made efforts, including threats of legal action, to ensure that a NEC meeting is held, at least to ratify some key decisions reached by the NWC, but the efforts have so far yielded no results.

Sources said Ganduje was afraid of summoning the NEC for fear of being sacked, sequel to several protests against him.

However, another source close to the national chairman said the issue of convening the NEC and National Caucus meeting was not entirely Ganduje’s affair. The source said the former Kano State governor had reached out to the president on this, but was yet to receive a commitment concerning a potential date.

Recall that an alleged corruption case in Kano and a recent “purported” sack by executives from his ward and the litigation that followed had ignited protests against Ganduje within the party, with stakeholders calling for his head.

Analysts say that judging from the coalition of forces against Ganduje, it would take a miracle for him to survive the numerous onslaughts against him and complete his tenure.

Pundits have also argued that the only suspense subsisting in the episode is the President Bola Ahmed Tinubu factor.

Governors split over Ganduje’s fate

Sources told our correspondent yesterday that governors who are members of the party were divided over calls for Ganduje’s resignation, which is believed to be a major impediment to the NEC and National Caucus meetings.

It was gathered that while some governors are behind him, others who are not convinced about his emergence or his leadership are said to be holding back on launching an all-out war because they fear this might pit them against the president. Some of those in the latter group are said to have strategically stopped attending APC events.

Also, some of those in this group have also stayed off the APC national secretariat in Abuja.

The Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), led by Imo State Governor Hope Uzodinma, has also been observed to have taken a back seat in recent times, as observers noted that unlike what was obtainable in the past, the forum has not been holding regular meetings.

Party leaders worry over state of affairs

On March 23, 2024, the APC national chairman, Ganduje, said President Tinubu had approved the NWC proposal to carry out a nationwide e-registration of members.

He disclosed this when he hosted some APC state chairmen at the headquarters of the party in Abuja.

Ganduje said, “The president has granted your requests, especially on political appointments. He is doing something about it. He also emphasised the importance of electronic registration, which we have been working on with the consultant and our committee at the headquarters, which has gone far.

“Now, we are going to the grassroots level. It (e-registration) will be connected across all the wards of the federation, but you need to oversee the recruitment of officials who will undertake the exercise.”

But some stakeholders of the APC said it was the responsibility of the NEC, not President Tinubu, to approve the e-registration of members nationwide.

Some members of various organs who spoke with our correspondent yesterday expressed displeasure over the issues, saying, “The APC has turned into a one-man show.”

A member of the National Caucus, who asked not to be named, told Daily Trust yesterday that Ganduje’s action was driving the party on the path of implosion.

The politician, who played a role in the formation of the APC, advised that if Ganduje is afraid of being sacked by the NEC, he should lobby majority of members on his side.

He also blamed President Tinubu, who anointed Ganduje, for not intervening in the interest of the party.

He said, “Tinubu borrowed this thing from Buhari, who never took the organs of the APC seriously. So, it appears to be infectious and the bug caught up with Tinubu and he acts alone.

“I am sure he just passes down instructions to the national chairman, who was handpicked. The real owners of the party are sidelined. Anyone who has a divergent view is not tolerated. So, we are in for autocracy. It is unfortunate.

“We have a national chairman who was appointed against the wishes of the North Central zone, which should replace Abdullahi Adamu.

“As it stands, it is like they are calling for implosion. This kind of thing is condemnable and should not be allowed to continue. The APC leadership is not ready to be questioned.”

Last week, a former national vice chairman (North West) of the APC, Salihu Mohammed Lukman said, “The NWC of the party has appropriated the powers of all organs, and in its name, the national chairman is taking discretionary decisions.

“With such reality, many of the decisions taken not only violate sections of the APC constitution but also undermine sections 221–229 of part Il of the 1999 Nigerian Constitution as amended, as well as the Electoral Act 2022.”

Similarly, another chieftain of the APC who craved anonymity told our correspondent in a telephone interview that “what is happening now is the opposite of APC’s founding vision. Something needs to be done urgently to correct the anomaly.”

But reacting, the APC national publicity secretary, Felix Morka, a lawyer, said, “We have not scheduled NEC meeting yet. When we schedule it we will make an announcement. So, our members should be patient.”

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Umuororonjo community celebrates as new interim youth executives are sworn in by the Sole Administrator of Owerri Municipal Council,Hon Chidiebere Emeribe.

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PEACE, STABILITY AND TRANQUILITY A MEDIATOR OF PROGRESS AND GROWTH,A DEFINITION OF TRUE LEADERSHIP EXHIBITION

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….-Umuororonjo community celebrates as new interim youth executives are sworn in by the Sole Administrator of Owerri Municipal Council,Hon Chidiebere Emeribe..

…Let your leadership quota and skills be one that communicates unity, togetherness, accessibility/inclusion and peace as you get to work as the youth leadership arm of Umuororonjo. These were the watch words of the Sole Administrator as he inaugurated the youth leadership arm of the community.

In his tremendous pursuit and regard to the achievement of peace, tranquility and stability across the municipality of Owerri,the Sole Administrator today received the new interim executives of the youth organisation wherein he observed and performed the inaugural ordinances.

He commended their partnership with the innovative and dynamic government of H. E. Dist. Sen. Hope Uzodinma and heartily assured them that the 3R government is ever ready to provide assistance and support to the youth leadership whenever called upon as the youth arm is the proactive and visible force of every generation..

He solicited them to observe legality in the discharge of duties to the people and always accord regards in ensuring that the welfare and security of the people is an utmost priority,having in mind that Owerri Municipal is the center and heart of the state and to such should at all times remain and be a monumental profile of positive emulative reference.

The newly elected chairman commended the Sole Administrator as a man of indefatigable character, outstanding and astute in his antecedents. He appreciated the honour of being called to serve by his people and pledged his unwavering support to the proactive 3R government of the governor and to the people whom he is called to serve. He vividly clarified that his leadership arm is one which is poised and positioned to ensuring that the unity,welfare and security of the people is topnotch and duly observed.

In conclusion the Sole Administrator under the auspices of his official portfolio together with the PG and notable elders and bodies of the community inaugurated the following as the leadership arm of Umuororonjo youth organisation:-

1:Austin Osita Agbugba
(Chairman)

2:Paschal Ujah Jr.
(Secretary)

3:Obinna Obodo
(Member)

4:Dan Oluigbo
(Member)

5:Ozobia Ozuzu
(Member)

6:Gideon Onyegbula
(Member)

7:Chinedu Mmanuaka
(Member)

8:Barr. Henry Oparanozie
(Member)

9:Chibuike Oparaugo
(Member)

10: Ugochukwu Njoke
(Member)

11:Kelechi Nnawuchi
(Member)

12:Umunna Nwanzuruike
(Member)

13: George Anyanwu
(Member)…

 

®️Comr. Metu

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EFCC forms a team to investigate El-Rufai and others over alleged N423 billion fraud.

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The Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) has assembled a group of investigators to examine the alleged mishandling of N423 billion by ex-Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai and certain prominent figures in his administration.

The former governor will be summoned by the investigators for questioning.

Others set to be questioned include individuals who held the position of Finance commissioners between May 29, 2015, and May 29, 2023; all the accountant generals during his eight-year tenure, and the chairpersons of the Kaduna State Internal Revenue Service (KADIRS) from 2018 to 2023.
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AGAIN PETER OBI UPHOLDS GOV OTTI FOR HIS EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE

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FORMER GOVERNOR OF ANAMBRA STATE HIS EXCELLENCY PETER OBI HAS AGAIN UPHOLD GOV OTTI FOR HIS EXCELLENCE IN GOVERNANCE

CHARLES: Are there governors who have distinguished themselves in the act of governance in this administration?

PETER OBI: (with incredible speed) Gov. Alex C. Otti of Abia State, of course!

CHARLES: Is it bcos he’s part of your party?

PO: No. I take my readings from the people. Go & verify!

Peter Obi on Arise Tv earlier today

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