By Olajide Omojolomoju
The controversial virtual National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, called by embattled Deputy National Secretary of the party and endorsed by President Muhammadu Buhari, has on Thursday dissolved the National Working Committee, NWC, of the party.
Consequently, the governor of Yobe State and former National Secretary of the party, Mai Mala Buni, has been appointed to oversee the affairs of the party as Caretaker National Chairman of the party and was sworn-in by the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr. Abubakar Malami.
Buni is expected to oversee the conduct of the forthcoming APC convention. He is expected to combine his portfolio as Yobe governor with that of running the APC until the party’s national convention elects new national officers.
Other members of the caretaker committee include: Isiaka Oyebola, representing the Soth-West; Ken Nnamani, South East; Stella Okorete, representing the womenfolk; Governor Sani Bello, North Central; Dr. James Lalu, representing the physically challenged; Senator Abubakar Yusuf, representing the Senate; Hon. Akinyemi Olaide, House of Representatives; David leon, for the South South; Abba Ari, North West; Prof. Tahir Mamman, North East; Ismail Ahmed, youth; and Senator Akpan Udoedehe, the interim Secretary
The NEC has also ratified the governorship primary in Edo State which produced Pastor Ize Iyamu as its governorship candidate for the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial election.
Apart from President Muhammadu Buhari, physically present at the meeting were: Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President Ahmed Lawan; House of Representatives Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, among others.
Also physically in attendance were 16 governors elected on the platform of the APC and they include: the governors of Nasarawa, Niger, Jigawa, Pleateau, Imo, Kogi, Yobe, Gombe, Osun, Ogun, Lagos, Kwara, Kebbi, Kano, Kaduna and Ekiti states.