The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress has dismissed the disavowal by its Lagos chapter of the tenure extension granted its national, state and ward excos. The ruling party at its previous National Executive Committee meeting held recently decided to extend the tenure of its officers by one year, a development critics say was at variance with the party’s constitution.
However, Bolaji Abdullahi, the party’s national spokesperson, said the decision was unanimously taken by party chairmen from its state chapters, except for four who voted against it.
“Well, that’s democracy. A decision has been taken by the second highest decision making body of the party, which is the NEC”, Abdullahi was quoted by SATURDAY PUNCH as saying.
“If one out of the several chapters of the party disagrees, it does not invalidate the decision.
“The chapter concerned can wait for another NEC meeting or the National Convention to make its case; this is the beauty of party democracy. We have internal mechanisms for resolving whatever issues that arise and we advise that these mechanisms be explored,” he said.
The report also said that Ogun and Ondo states chapters of the party disagreed with its Lagos counterpart. The chapters, it was said, stood by the decision.