Buni-led caretaker tenure: APC chairmen under pressure

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A powerful group is mounting pressure on state caretaker chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to push for the extension of the party’s membership registration and revalidation, which expired on Wednesday.

The thickening plot, if it succeeds, will make the June expiration of tenure of the National Caretaker Committee led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni unrealistic.

It was learnt that the plot is to secure eight more weeks extension for the registration process.

The caretaker committee members were on Wednesday locked in a meeting to review the membership revalidation and registration.

Secretary of the Caretaker Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe said the Committee is committed to the June exit approved by the National Executive Committee.

He, however, said that the committee would approach the NEC should the need arise for more time.

“We are committed to the assignment and we are sure that June is realizable, but we will not hesitate to approach the party if we need to. This, however, will be clear to all doubting Thomases, because we have nothing to hide.

“All we are doing is to cement the structure of the party. You will recall that there are many groups that came together to form the party, so we have to be united, build the structure for future challenges and ensure the cohesion the party needs to win future elections.”

But stakeholders in the party, including some governors, have started discussions on how to resist any new request for tenure extension for the Caretaker Committee.

The state APC chairmen are believed to be tinkering with two to four weeks extension.

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