The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) took another twist on Tuesday when members of the National Working Committee (NWC) warned that the autocratic style of the National Chairman of the party, Abdullahi Adamu will no longer be tolerated.
The NWC members lamented that the National Chairman takes decisions unilaterally when it suits him.
They equally decried that he invokes the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to blackmail NWC members into accepting his decisions.
In a statement issued Tuesday titled, “APC and the Need for Vigilance: Urgent Call for Intervention”, and jointly signed by the National Vice Chairman, North-West, Dr. Salihu Lukman and the National Vice Chairman, South-West, Mr. Isaacs Kekemeke, said no member was elected at the March 26, 2022, National Convention to warm seats or offices in the National Secretariat.
They lamented that every effort to get the Chairman to respect the authority of the NWC as elected was proving very difficult.
They stated that they were compelled to make a statement following the serial postponement of the scheduled NWC meetings, twice within 48 hours.
The party Chieftains noted that they were convinced beyond doubt that this was a deliberate attempt to foist a fait accompli on the NWC on fundamental issues that affect the party.
They stated: “Within just two months in the lifespan of the new leadership of our great party, APC, led by His Excellency, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the NWC, organ of the party vested with the power of managing the day-to-day affairs, including implementing decisions of the National Executive Committee (NEC), as provided in Article 13.4 of the APC Constitution, has been rendered redundant.
“The National Chairman takes decisions unilaterally. When it suits him, he invokes the name of our leader, President Muhammadu Buhari to blackmail NWC members into accepting his decisions.
“Every effort to get the Chairman to respect the authority of the NWC elected on March 26, 2022, APC National Convention is proving very difficult, if not impossible. Note that NEC’s donation of its powers was to NWC and not to the National Chairman or any individual.”
Against this background, the NWC members called all APC leaders to intervene urgently and call Adamu to order.
The statement added: “The National Chairman must be properly reminded to recognise that the business of managing the day-to-day affairs of the party is the responsibility of the NWC as provided in provisions of the APC Constitution.
“He is free to consult any party leader(s). Such consultations will not represent decisions of the NWC or any organ of the party unless and until it is adopted by a properly constituted meeting of the NWC or organ in question according to the letters and spirit of the APC constitution.
“As a party, we have suffered enough judicial embarrassments arising from clearly avoidable leadership breach of our party’s constitution and spelt out rules.”
Appointment: Resign As Minister, Group Tells Keyamo
The Transition Monitoring Group has called for the resignation of the Minister of State for Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo, following his appointment as the spokesperson for the Tinubu Presidential Campaign Organisation.
The All Progressives Congress had on August 4, 2022 confirmed Keyamo’s appointment as spokesman for the party’s presidential campaign organisation.
But the Chairman of TMG, Awwal Ibrahim Rafsanjani, faulted the appointment, noting that Keyamo must resign as minister to enable him carry out his campaign appointment.
Speaking with The PUNCH in a phone interview on Sunday, Rafsanjani noted that if there will be conflict of interest if Keyamo did not resign.
Rafsanjani said, “The Transition Monitoring Group is urging him (Keyamo) to step aside and focus on his new work so that there won’t be too much conflict of interest and there will be productivity in the work he is doing as spokesperson.
“Combining these roles is completely a conflict of interest. He is to speak for the general public as a minister but now, his job is for his presidential candidate.”
Rafsanjani, who is also the Executive Director of Civil Society Legislative Advocacy Centre, stated that as minister, Keyamo ought to be impartial.
The activist said, “His position as minister is not about a party, it’s about the nation. It is about the country and it is supposed to be impartial.
“There is supposed to be no bias because he’s representing everybody as far as that ministerial work is concerned.
“But now, what he’s promoting is an individual and a political party.
“So definitely, there is a conflict of interest in what he’s supposed to be doing for the nation. So he cannot be productive as a minister anymore.”
Rafsanjani noted that Keyamo cannot be entitled to privileges from both positions.
“There is no basis for him to remain as a minister because he is doing another job. And he cannot be collecting privileges twice,” Rafsanjani noted.
How I Prevented Electoral Malpractice In A’Ibom – Igini
The immediate past Resident Electoral Commissioner in Akwa Ibom State, Mike Igini, on Friday, revealed that his prompt action to the intelligence report he received 48 hours to the 2019 governorship and State House of Assembly elections rendered useless pre-written results in 26 local government areas out of 31 flown to the state.
He disclosed that he spent hours at the Central Bank of Nigeria to endorse all the result sheets, adding that the action saved the 2019 elections from producing different outcomes.
Igini said this on Friday in his farewell address to stakeholders and people of the state to signal the end of his tenure.
He said, “It may interest you to know that it was the intelligence reports we received and acted upon 48 hours to the governorship and State House of Assembly elections that rendered useless pre-written election results of 26 LGAs out of 31 LGAs that were flown into Uyo.
“I went to the CBN and spent hours upon hours to endorse all the result sheets of the entire state. That was what saved the 2019 elections from producing a totally different outcome from the choices that the people eventually made at the polling units.”
He said despite all efforts by influential politicians to cow him, including calling for his redeployment from the state, he refused to succumb to their whims and caprices
“The distraction was massive and total with calls for my redeployment from the state to pave way for a return to the old ways of arbitrary writing of election results.”
While thanking the President Muhammadu Buhari for giving him the opportunity to serve, Igini advised that commissioners of police and other Heads of security agencies should not be posted out of the state six months to the general election.
This he said was to get them acquainted with the personnel in their respective commands.
“Commissioners of police and other heads of security agencies should not be posted out of states six months to the conduct of general election so that they can know the personnel in their commands and have sufficient knowledge and understanding of their various commands,” he said.
Group Seeks Voter Registration Extension, Threatens Suit
The Socio-Economic Rights and Accountability Project has urged the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, to extend voters registration or face legal action.
The group made this known in a letter dated 13 August 2022 and signed by SERAP deputy director, Kolawole Oluwadare.
This was made known in a statement by the group, asking INEC to “immediately give seven million Nigerians who have carried out their voter registration online the time and opportunity to complete the process, so that they can obtain their permanent voter cards, and exercise their right to vote.”
INEC recently disclosed that out of 10,487,972 Nigerians who carried out their pre-registration online, only 3,444,378 completed the process at a physical centre.
This represented just 32.8 percent of completed online registration, SERAP noted.
SERAP’s letter read in part, “The failure of the applicants to complete their registration may be due to factors entirely outside of their control, especially given the well-documented challenges faced by many Nigerians at registration centres across the country.
“We would be grateful if the recommended measures are taken within 7 days of the receipt and/or publication of this letter. If we have not heard from you by then, SERAP and the affected Nigerians shall consider appropriate legal actions to compel INEC to comply with our request in the public interest.”
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