President Muhammadu Buhari warned APC governors that replacing Governor Mai Mala Buni as Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) might lead to the party’s demise.
Some governors said Buhari removed Buni
Niger’s Governor Sani Bello assumed the party’s leadership, but the INEC declined to recognise him.
Buni’s men took control of the ruling party shortly after, and the chairman who had gone on medical leave visited Buhari.
Buhari challenged the party to pull together and make the March 26 convention a success in a letter to governors.
“I have been informed that the APC is facing several legal challenges around the country as a result of recent events. As a result, the Independent National Electoral Commission may invalidate all of the party’s operations and acts (INEC).
It has shown its incapacity to alter the leadership of its Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC) in a fair, lawful, and timely manner.
“These issues and ambiguities, as described above, represent a significant threat to the party, and may lead to INEC disqualifying its operations, elections, and other acts. This may eventually lead to its demise.
“First, the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Committee (CECC) leadership should be reinstated.
“Second, all governors’ forum members and their supporters should refrain from any actions or statements that might cause division within the party and jeopardise the convention transition.
3rd, the Mai Mala Buni-led CECC should be permitted to continue all essential preparations for the convention on March 26, 2022.
Gov. Sani Bello; SGF; Director-General of DSS; and Inspector-General of Police.