The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its National Executive Council (NEC) meeting, which was scheduled for Tuesday.
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The NEC meeting was postponed after a brief meeting between the state governors elected on the party’s platform and President Muhammadu Buhari at the Presidential Villa, Abuja, on Monday.
It was gathered that the consensus at the meeting was that the NEC meeting should be put on hold for now.
No date has, however, been announced for the meeting.
Speaking to journalists after the meeting, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Chairman of the Progressives Governors’ Forum and Governor of Kebbi State, said the governors implored President Buhari to endorse the postponement of the NEC meeting until the resolution of issues currently affecting the party.
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Asked if President Buhari approved the postponement, Governor Bagudu said: “Yes, the president did. He is very happy.”
APC governors who attended the meeting were those of Ogun, Osun, Ondo, Kwara, Nasarawa, Edo, Kebbi, Jigawa, Gombe, Borno, Niger, Plateau, Lagos, Katsina, and Imo states.
Those absent were governors of Kaduna, Ekiti, Yobe and Kogi states.
Victor Giadom, the APC Deputy National Secretary, had in a statement on 6 March announced the conveyance of an emergency NEC meeting.
Giadom, who signed as the statement as the party’s “acting National Secretary”, conveyed the meeting amid the crisis currently rocking the leadership of the ruling party.
Adams Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, was on 4 March restrained by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja from parading himself as the party’s chairman.
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According to Justice Danlami Senchi, the interlocutory injunction was premised on the November 2, 2019 resolution of the Ward 10, Etsako West Local Government Area of Edo State – Oshimhole’s ward, which suspended the APC National Chairman as a member of the party.
But on Thursday, 5 March, a Federal High Court in Kano, which is a court of equal jurisdiction with the FCT High Court, voided Oshiomhole’s suspension.
Justice A. Lewis-Allagoa, the presiding judge, held that the purported resolution was of no effect and ordered the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recognise no person other than Oshiomhole as the ruling party’s National Chairman.
The Court of Appeal, Abuja division, on Monday suspended hearing of an appeal by Oshiomhole against the FCT High Court judgment suspending him as APC’s National Chairman.