Tuesday, May 11, 2021

Lagos APC rejects extension of Oyegun’s tenure


tiamin rice

The Lagos chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, on Tuesday kicked against the extension of the tenure of the party’s national and state executives, saying it is against the constitution.

This decision was taken after a consultative forum attended by party elders from across the state at State House in Marina, Lagos.

At the end of the meeting, the leaders stated that the extension of the tenure of national chairman of the party, John Oyegun, and his executives by one year was also against Nigeria’s constitution.

Mr Oyegun is currently at loggerheads with the party’s national leader, Bola Tinubu, who controls the party at the state level.

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“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.

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“According to the constitution, election of the officers or members of the executive committee of a political party will be deemed to be periodical if done at regular intervals not exceeding four years.

“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.”

Addressing reporters after the meeting, Tajudeen Olusi, leader of the party in Lagos central senatorial district, said the decision of the National Executive Council of the party was against the constitution of the party and the country.

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“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.

“In extending the tenure, the APC National Executive Committee had relied on Article 13.3 (ii) of its constitution which states that The NEC can discharge the functions of the convention in a period of emergency.
Article 13.3 (ii) of APC Constitution specifically states that the NEC of the party is empowered to;

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“Discharge all functions of the National Conventions as constituted in between Conventions”.

“But the provision in Article 13.3 (ii) is not limitless and open-ended. It is a responsibility restricted by the same constitution, which provides exclusively under Article 30 (i) that: “This Constitution and Schedules hereto can be amended only by the National Convention of the Party,” the party said.

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