APC to hold NEC meeting next week

By Joshua Omoloye, Abuja

All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold its National Executive Committee, (NEC) meeting next week.

Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello and acting Chairman of CECPC stated this at the party secretariat on Tuesday.

Bello said: “Hopefully, by next week, the NEC meeting will hold.

“It is a continuation of yesterday’s, (Monday) meeting, just know, you are not going to be asking me same thing tomorrow because we are going to be meeting everyday until the convention day, so that we can put things together.

“Basically, today we looked at the convention sub-committee and we collected some of the reports from the committee hoping that tomorrow we will decide on the next step to take.”

On whether the former CECPC Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe is still part of the new leadership, the acting chairman, Bello replied, “ask him.”

Recall that Akpanudoedehe was said to have resigned his appointment early Tuesday afternoon but later in the day denied the resignation saying he read in the social media about his resignation.

He said: “I have read in the social media that I have resigned as Secretary of the APC CECPC. I want to state that it is not true that I didn’t resign. If I have resigned, you would have seen my letter of resignation written by me. Someone cannot just say somebody is dead when he is alive.

“I am not bigger than the party, or bigger than the president who is, leader of the country. I am waiting for the national chairman, Mai Mala Buni to come back”.

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He gave kudos to the Buni led leadership of the party saying “we have done so much for this party. When we inherited this party, if you can recall, it was in its lowest ebb. We built the party and recover a lot of grounds. We were able to register 41 million members. And we bought this secretariat of the party.

“We have been able to recover what we lost. We lost and brought in a lot of governors. All the States we lost, we brought them back in two weeks.

“We have been able to go round this country and the Constitution that was difficult to review, had been reviewed, less than one year.

“We have done reconciliation, ward, local governments and state congresses, and we are about to carry out the national convention. This is not the first time you are seeing power play.

“I am waiting for the Chairman. If we have directive from the president that we should resign, we are not bigger than the president, we will do so, if we hear from him. Somebody cannot say go and announce, they are resigning.

“Like late MKO Abiola used to say, you don’t shave someone’s head in his absence. So, we have done so much.”

He said when the CECPC came in to take over from the sacked Comrade Adams Oshiomhole’s National Working Committee, (NEC) the party secretariat was like a dead zone, pointing that the secretariat was moved to a private home.

“But, we were committed to what we were doing. I am stating here that, I don’t know who announced the resignation.

“Our, (Buni and I) relationship is very cordial. I don’t have any load. I come, I here and I leave. I have never changed my furniture. I have not packed anything. I have not received any letter.

“Someone cannot say the president said. I have not received any letter from anywhere. The issue is that, I haven’t resigned, the answer is no, I am still the national secretary of the party,” he stated.

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