The infighting in the All Progressives Congress isn’t about to abate as the Lagos State chapter of the party has opposed the “elongation” of the party’s national and state executives tenure, saying it is against the country’s and APC’s constitutions.
This was the outcome of a Consultative Forum held at the State House Marina, Lagos and attended by party elders from across the state where they agreed that the extension of the tenure of the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and his executives by one year was against the spirit of the country’s and APC’s constitutions, TheNation writes.
They posit that Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution as amended provides for periodical election on a democratic basis for principal officers and members of the executive committee of political parties, adding that Article 17 of the party’s constitution also provides for a four-year tenure for its national and state executives, which is renewable for another four years.
The leader of the party in Lagos State Central Senatorial District, Chief Tajudeen Olusi, spoke with journalists after the consultative forum, said: “We have taken reports of the state APC chairman in respect of the NEC meeting held in Abuja. We have also had the privilege of receiving great reports from our leader from the reconciliation committee.
“We have considered the issue of extension of tenure and we are of the firm belief that the decision is a breach of the constitution of our party and of the country. We are against the elongation of tenure.
“We shall continue to make our decision known to the party and to the president”.
The tenure of Oyegun and the executives is due to expire in June, but the party, during its NEC meeting held in Abuja a fortnight ago, had extended their tenure by one year citing Article 13.3 (ii) of its constitution which states that The NEC can discharge the functions of the convention in a period of emergency.
Analysts saw the move a blow to the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who’d been at loggerheads with party chairman Odigie-Oyegun.
It remains to be seen how far the Lagos chapter of the party will go with its objection to the tenure elongation.