The All Progressives Congress’s National Executive Committee (NEC) has extended the tenure of Governor Mai Buni-led party’s caretaker extraordinary convention planning committee by six months.
This is coming as the ruling party’s NEC also dissolved all states, zonal, and national party structures across the country.
Also, the party’s decision making organ also approved the expulsion of former National Vice Chairman, South-south, Hilliard Eta, over his failure to withdraw the court case instituted against the caretaker committee.
The decisions were taken at the NEC meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja. Present at the meeting were the President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo.
Others at the meeting are the governors of the party, led by Chairman of the Progressive Governors’Forum (PGF) and governor of Kebbi State, Atiku Bagudu.
Briefing newsmen on outcome of the meeting at the State House, the Kaduna State Governor, Nasir El-Rufai, said the decisions were reached after thorough consideration by party leaders present at the meeting.
He also disclosed that the NEC also granted waivers to politicians who just joined that party and other bigwigs still contemplating to defect to the ruling APC.
According to him, the waivers will enable new members to contest elective positions on the party’s platform without waiting for a particular number of years.
“The second resolution is that NEC has approved the granting of waivers to persons who have recently joined the party members and those desirous of joining the party in the nearest future.
“By this, such new members will enjoy all the benefits and privileges accruable by virtue of their membership of the party. So, they will be able to contest for positions in the party. They will be able to contest elections without any requirement of being members for a number of years or period of time,” he said.