Joshua Omoloye, Abuja
In a manner suggesting complicity in the leadership tussle in the All Progressives Congress (APC), the Senate Caucus of the party rose from a meeting Wednesday to declare that Gov. Mai Mala Buni remains APC Caretaker chairman.
With this declaration, the APC senators have distanced themselves from and failed to recognized Niger State governor, Sani Bello as acting chairman of the Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
The Caucus as well said the storm in the party is over and that the coast is clear for a successful national convention on March 26.
Briefing newsmen after the Caucus meeting at the National Assembly after plenary, Senate Leader, Yahaya Abdullahi said that the internal crisis in the party should not be blown out of proportion as the party has a strong internal mechanism to mitigate the effect.
Senator Yahaya said “the reported storm in the party by the media is not true as there was no leadership crisis.
” Governor Buni to us remains the Chairman of National Caretaker / Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the Party.
” He will resume in that capacity any moment he returns from Dubai where he went for medical check.
” Governor Sani Bello who is acting in that capacity now is doing so to avoid vacuum in leadership and most importantly, to put in place required arrangements for the forthcoming National Convention of the party 17 days from now”.
He said various issues facing the party, were exhaustively deliberated upon with a clear indication of peace ahead of March 26, 2022, National Convention of the party.
” These are trying times for major political parties in the country, the very reason we in the APC as Senate caucus met for the second day running this week towards required collaboration with other stakeholders for unity of purpose in the party ahead of the coming National Convention and 2023 general elections.
” Required strategies have been mapped out by the caucus to bring all interests groups together in making the party stronger and well-positioned for the 2023 general elections”, he assured.
At the meeting which lasted for about three hours were; President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, his Deputy, Ovie Omo – Agege, the Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu and other principal officers, adopted seven point communique geared towards dousing any form of tension in the party.
The Leader hinted of a meeting by the Caucus with members of the CECPC, the Progressives Governors Forum and aspirants for various positions that will be held this weekend.