Tenure Extension Crisis: APC May Shift Monday’s NEC Meeting
The emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled to hold on Monday may be moved forward.
The shift is to comply with the provisions of the party’s constitution.
The APC National Chairman, John Oyegun had on Wednesday after meeting with the party’s governors said the party’s emergency NEC meeting would hold on Monday, April 9, to take final position on the controversial tenure elongation saga.
The meeting is also expected to be used to endorse the demand for congresses and convention and announce dates for the exercise.
But Monday’s meeting if it goes ahead as planned will contravene the provisions of the APC constitution that states that at least seven days’ notice should be given to members to attend such meeting.
Article 25 (B) (i) states that the National Executive Committee (NEC) shall meet every quarter and or at any time decided by the National Chairman or at the request made in writing by at least two-third of the members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) provided that not less than fourteen (14) days notice is given for the meeting to be summoned.
However, Article 25 B (ii) states that “Without prejudice to Article 25 (B) (i) of this Constitution, the National Working Committee may summon an emergency National Executive Committee meeting at any time, provided that at least seven (7) days notice of the meeting shall be given to all those entitled to attend".
Efforts to confirm from the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Bolaji Abdullai, whether the meeting would hold on Monday was not successful.
He did not pick his call and failed to reply a text message send to him in that regard.
However, a member of the party’s NEC from Lagos, Kemi Nelson, confirmed that she had received notice of the meeting.