The outcome of the National Executive Committee, NEC of the All Progressives Congress, APC, held in Abuja on Monday, may not be in favour of Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo State and others.
The APC NEC which deliberated on the report of its technical committee, disappointed those who expected the party to work with Article 31(1)(iii) of the APC’s constitution.
Article 31(1) (iii) of APC’s constitution stated that any serving officer desirous of seeking re-election should resign from office 30 days before election.
The NEC however gave waiver to present elected officers of the party from wards to National levels to remain in office until after election of new executive officers at various levels.
It also added that any interested elected officer who wants to seek for any office is free to do without resigning from his/her present office.
President Muhammadu Buhari had earlier at the NEC meeting stressed the need for internal democracy by organizing the Party’s Congresses and convention where election of National Executive Committee members would be held.
According to him; this will automatically end the cases filed by members seeking orders of court compelling the party to hold its Congresses.
“I also believe that the current executives should be free to vie for elective positions in the party if they so wish as permitted by our party constitution.
“However, considering the provision of Article 31(1)(iii) of the APC Constitution which requires any serving officer desirous of seeking re-election to resign from office 30 days before relection, I am not sure of the practicality of present serving officers’ ability to meet this condition.
“Accordingly, the party may consider granting waivers to party executives at all levels so that they are not disenfranchised from participating in the elections should they wish to do so, provided this does not violate our rules.
“Necessary waiver(s) should also be extended to executives at the Ward level whose tenure may have elapsed, and indeed to anyone knocking at our doors from other political parties. This is in the spirit of the Right to Freedom of Association of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“In this circumstance, the party should officially issue a statement in the above waivers so that our house may be full. We all must not be ignorant of the times, and the journey that is ahead of us.
“Just like our party symbol; “the Broom”, which typifies strength in unity, let us strive to remain united in our purpose. Victory is sure by the Grace of God, and together we must continue to sanitize Nigeria’s political environment” President Buhari stressed.
Okorocha and the National Organizing Secretary of APC, Senator Osita Izunaso (both from Imo state) are at each others jugular over who controls the soul of the party in Imo State.
Daily Nigerian Horn gathered that while Okorocha had allegedly vowed to stop Izunaso from holding the plum position in the party, Monday’s NEC decision has further given the National Organizing secretary an added advantage over the governor. .
As the National Organizing Secretary of APC, Izunaso is expected to oversee the conduct of congresses at the Wards, LGAs and state levels and the National convention.
Political pundits are of the view that Izunaso may have upper hand in Imo State as his preferred candidates may top the list at the congresses.
Meanwhile, Daily Nigerian Horn learnt that some governors, senators and top party leaders who are not happy with the NEC’s decision have started brainstorming the next line of action to take.