Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello of Niger State on Monday held an emergency meeting with some members of the Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, ahead of his assumption of the leadership of the party.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Sani-Bello, who arrived the party Secretariat around 12noon, was ushered into the National Working Committee, NWC, hall by large crowd of party supporters.
The meeting which held behind closed doors, had in attendance Prof. Tahir Mamman, Senator Ali Abba, Sen. Ken Nnamani, Sen. Yusuf Yusuf.
Recall that some sections of the media had reported President Muhammadu Buhari as sacking Governor Mai Mala Buni as the chairman of the ruling party’s caretaker committee, replacing him with Mr Sani-Bello.
But the APC had earlier denied the reported change of leadership in the party, describing it as fake and imaginary.
John Akpanudoedehe, the National Secretary, APC CECPC, had said “Our attention has been drawn to sponsored media reports of an imaginary leadership change in the APC CECPC. The media report is fake news and should be disregarded.
“The APC is a progressive political party guided by rules. Leadership changes are not announced by ‘sources’ through name dropping in the media,” Mr Akpankudohede said.
He, therefore urged the party’s teeming supporters, members and the general public, to remain calm.
The APC stalwart also asked members of the party to continue to support the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led APC CECPC, to conduct a rancor-free and credible National Convention, deserving of the party.
DAILY NIGERIAN gathered that Mr Buni is currently in Dubai for medical attention, but the Attorney General of the Federation and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami; the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Boss Mustapha, rose in his defence.