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Supreme Court’s Declaration On Buni: APC Govs Hold Emergency Meeting Today

Governors elected under the platform of the APC will today meet in Abuja over the supreme court declaration of Buni’s competence to be the chairman of the party.

Gatekeepers News reports that the Governors elected on the platform of the All Progressives Congress will today (Friday) hold an emergency meeting in Abuja, FCT, to discuss Saturday’s APC state and local government congresses as well as the implication of Wednesday’s judgment of the Supreme Court on the Ondo State governorship election for the party.

There were reports on Wednesday that all the seven Supreme Court Justices who gave judgments on the Ondo State governorship election agreed on the constitutional point that a sitting governor could not hold the dual elective position of governor and party national chairman.

The Minister of Labour and Employment, Festus Keyamo (SAN), former National Legal Adviser of the APC, Dr Muiz Banire, the Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Senator Babafemi Ojudu and the Senior Special Assistant to the President on Niger Delta Affairs, Senator Ita Enang, advised the party against holding the congresses in view of the controversy over the judgment as it affected Buni, who is also the Governor of Yobe State.

But the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the party at a press conference in Abuja insisted that the congresses would begin on Saturday as scheduled.

The committee dismissed claims that the Supreme Court in its judgment on the Ondo State governorship election declared Mai Bala Buni’s chairmanship of the caretaker panel illegal.

The Chairman of the APC Chairmen’s Forum, Dalori, told The PUNCH that the party headquarters had directed state chapters to continue with the preparations for the congresses.

Dalori was quoted to have stated that, “You know I am a loyal party man …The party communicated to us to continue with preparations for the congresses pending the outcome of their meeting tomorrow.

“The state governors are meeting tomorrow so I cannot categorically say whether we’ll hold the congresses or they will say we should postpone them.

“The governors have converged on Abuja for an emergency meeting tomorrow. After that meeting, we’ll know the position of the party and the direction they want to follow. Don’t worry, by tomorrow we shall know what’s going to happen.”

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