President Muhammadu Buhari has extended the tenure of the Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) by another six months.
The 13-member Committee is chaired by Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, and has been running the party since the party’s National Working Committee chaired by Adams Oshiomhole, was dissolved June 25, 2020.
The extension of the committee’s tenure on Tuesday followed a meeting of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting held in Abuja.
The NEC meeting also approved the expulsion of former National Vice-Chairman of the party in the South-south, Ntufam Hilliard Eta, for failure to withdraw the court case he instituted against the caretaker committee.
The NEC further dissolved all leadership structures of the parry at States, zonal and national levels.
While declaring the meeting open, Buhari had commended the Buni-led committee for bringing new hope to the party as many members who had earlier defected from the APC had returned while others have also declared for the party.
He said what was needed now was for party chiefs to display discipline and sustain the tempo.
The President said: “I have received periodic briefings from the caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee, as well as other leaders of the party.
“I am convinced that in the last five months, since the appointment of the caretaker committee the initiatives taken have brought remarkably new atmosphere of hope in the party.
“Healthy debates are now taking place and the potential for organs of the party to affirm majority positions as the decision of the party is now possible.
“What is required now is for all of us as leaders of the party to maintain discipline and ensure that this new momentum is protected, sustained and the decisions of party organs are respected by every member.
“Despite the challenge to restore peace in the party and the series of elections at hand, the fact that we have gained more members and that we are not losing members to the opposition under the present interim leadership, indicates improvement of the party.
“In fact, we have begun to win back our members who left us and other notable political leaders are being attracted to our party.”