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APC Crisis: Buni asked to resign

The Progressive Youth Vanguard (PYV), a pressure group within the All Progressives Congress (APC), has asked the Caretaker Committee Chairman, Mai Mala Buni to resign.

This comes as the APC asked its members to desist from taking the party to court and explore internal dispute resolution mechanisms.

The leadership announced that it would collate all cases and report to the National Executive Committee (NEC).

“The party is already compiling the list. We will inform the NEC and a decision will be taken. The CECPC stands by the NEC resolutions”, National Secretary, John Akpan Udoedehe said.

In 2020, Buni was appointed the chairman after NEC’s dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC).

The caretaker committee will remain in charge until new executives are elected. But members warn that Section 4 under Article 17 of the APC constitution forbids party officials from holding a position in government.

In a statement, PYV Coordinator, Ahmed Usman regretted the President’s “silence on what has become a frustrating issue”.

He vowed that concerned party loyalists will not allow President Muhammadu Buhari, Attorney General of the Federation, Abubakar Malami, and Buni to keep making errors.

“Enough is enough. We believe that within the APC, we have capable hands who can manage the affairs of our party. Why must it be one individual?

“The provision of Section 183 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) is unambiguous to the effect that the Governor shall not, during the period when he holds office, hold any other executive office or paid employment in any capacity whatsoever.

“It is therefore incontrovertible that the continuous stay of the Governor as Chief Executive Officer of the All Progressives Congress runs contrary to provision of the Constitution and may be an albatross on the party.

“All he had done before would be null and void, including nomination of candidates within the period of his so called leadership of the party.

“We expect President Buhari to direct Governor Buni to immediately resign as acting Chairman of the All Progressives Congress as a stitch in time saves nine.

“This is same man who is currently enmeshed in multi-billion naira asset declaration scandal at the Code of Conduct Bureau (CCB)”, the statement added.

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