By Simon Ebegbulem
BENIN—THE Edo State Chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Mr. Anslem Ojezua, yesterday, said President Muhammadu Buhari has saved the party from an impending constitutional crisis, which would have destroyed the party if he had allowed the one year extension granted members of the National Working Committee, NWC of the party to stay.
Ojezua said President Buhari enhanced the profile of APC when he declared at the National Executive Council, NEC, meeting of the party on Tuesday that the elongation was unconstitutional, therefore, should be jettisoned.
According to him, “it was a statement that was timely and justified. Because despite what anybody has to say, one of the changes that APC professed is the promotion of internal democracy.
“So by that statement alone, the President has enhanced the profile of our party and saved us the disgrace that was imminent in implementation of that unconstitutional proposal.”
…on new members
Continuing, he said: “It is very good for the party. Let me even give you another aspect of it. In the past two years, we have had a number of people from other parties joining us.
“Now, these people are joining with the hope that they will be fully integrated in the party. One of the ways that this integration takes place is in participation in these congresses.
“And in some cases, some of them are free to aspire and hold offices. By implementing the tenure elongation proposal, you would have shut those ones out at least for another one year and perhaps another four years.
“The most important thing which is fundamental is that our constitution as a party does not permit it.
“But the President has even taken it beyond that to the constitution of the country, which is the most important law of our land and that law expressly forbids any body holding an office in a political party for more than four years without an election.”