National leader of the governing All Progressives Congress ( APC), Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has praised President Muhammadu Buhari’s speech on Tuesday in which he called on the party to rescind its decision to extend the tenure of its officials.
The APC National Executive Committee (NEC) had on February 27 extended the tenure of all party executives across national and states by one year.
That decision, which was supported by Buhari, was opposed by Tinubu.
Buhari on Tuesday, however, shocked members of NEC when he asked the meeting to revisit the issue.
The president said since the decision was adopted in the last NEC meeting, he has taking time to review and seek advice on the resolution.
He said he found that the resolution contravenes both APC constitution and the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
“While the APC Constitution, in Article 17(1) and 13.2(B), limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election, the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), in section 223, also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals, which must not exceed four years.
“Furthermore, Article 31 of our Party Constitution provides that any principal officer wishing to re-contest or contest for another post, must resign from his current post at least one month before the election,” he said.
Buhari said APC is, therefore, expected to conduct fresh elections, once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end.
He said a caretaker committee “cannot remedy this situation, and cannot validly act in place of elected officers.”
In his reaction via a statement he personally signed Tuesday evening, Tinubu said Buhari had spoken in a clear, straightforward manner.
The former Lagos State governor said Buhari had confirmed that APC is a party that is based on the rule of law coupled with a firm adherence to internal democracy.
“While it would have been easy to allow the ill-conceived motion of February 27 to stand, President Buhari showed principle an