APC Moves To Extend Oyegun’s Tenure To Facilitate Buhari’s Re-Election
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is plotting for the elongation of the tenure of the current National Working Committee led by John Odigie-Oyegun.
The plot is to ensure that President Muhammadu Buhari wins the party’s ticket in his yet-to-be-announced second term bid.
The current thinking in the party is that Odigie-Oyegun and his NWC should be allowed to stay in office a little longer to enable them organise the presidential primaries that would endorse Buhari later in the year as the candidate of APC in next year’s presidential election.
The tenure of the current NWC expires in June. Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the NWC were elected on June 13, 2014 for a four-year tenure.
Though, the former governor of Edo State can seek re-election as APC national chairman, he is said not to be keen to vie again for reasons bordering on age and political considerations.
Those trying to get him to continue as National Chairman, and who are also pushing the Buhari re-election move, believe extending the NWC’s tenure would help to ensure stability and avoid internal disruptions, disaffection, and realignments that usually follow elective conventions.
It said Buhari loyalists considered Odigie-Oyegun a more trusted person to deliver the ticket of the party to the president without precipitating crisis.
Another argument in support of the retention of Odigie-Oyegun is that since he organised the December 2014 national convention in Lagos, where Buhari emerged presidential candidate of the party, which many saw as a big boost for the party ahead of its victory in the presidential election, he should be allowed to replicate the feat.
Those pushing for Oyegun’s tenure extention, however, have a key segment of the party loyal to one of APC’s national leaders who once called for Oyegun’s resignation, to contend with.
Many of the governors elected on the platform of the APC have openly supported Buhari’s second term bid. However, there is no consensus yet on the kind of arrangement that would be adopted to hand the party’s ticket to Buhari without undermining the democratic process and incurring the anger of some critical stakeholders.
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