Tenure elongation: Buhari has saved APC from serious legal turmoil – Tinubu
APC Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu has stated that President Muhammadu Buhari has save the ruling party from serious legal turmoil over tenure elongation for the National Working Committee of the party.
The APC chieftain said this in a statement personally signed by him on Tuesday while reacting to the President’s rejection of the tenure extension for the party’s National Chairman and other elected state officials.
President Buhari had in his address told members of the APC National Executive Council (NEC) in Abuja that the tenure elongation was illegal.
He had also noted that it became imperative to overturn the resolution to extend the NWC’s tenure as it contravened Article 17 Sub-section 1 of the APC Constitution which recommends a four-year tenure for all elected officials.
In the statement titled ‘The President has spoken’, Tinubu commended the President’s decision and described the speech as straightforward.
He further said the speech showed that the party was committed to the principles of internal democracy and that it was an affirmation that the APC is a party that adheres to internal democracy.
“President Buhari’s action saves the party from a serious legal turmoil. If the elongations were deemed illegal, then all subsequent party actions, including the nomination of all of our candidates for elective offices, might also be of questionable legality.
“Such a predicament would constitute an unnecessary and a mortal blow to the party and its role in promoting progressive governance in Nigeria,” said the former Lagos State governor.
He was also optimistic that the President’s action would strengthen the party by allowing party members to make valuable contributions to the APC by vying for executive offices of their choice.
The APC leadership had on February 27 announced the extension of the tenure of the party’s NEC and other executives by one year, effective June 2018.
Those present at the meeting include President Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, as well as APC National Chairman, John Oyegun, among other party chieftains.