Governor Mai Mala Buni, chair of the Provisional and Extraordinary Planning Committee of the Special National Convention of the Congress of All Progressives (APC), has said that the party’s state presidents are free to express themselves freely within their constitution.
He said this on Wednesday in Abuja while meeting with party presidents from the 36 federation states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) at the party’s national secretariat.
“Finally, I present that your freedom to express yourself within the scope of our party’s laws and regulations in the interests of the party cannot be more guaranteed than it is now,” he said.
Buni, who is also the governor of Yobe, thanked the presidents for their commitment and contributions to the continued success of party chapters throughout the federation.
He added that presidents are now allowed to conduct party affairs in their domains “without unnecessary and destructive interference from outside interests.”
This, he said, provided that party laws and regulations are duly respected.
He added that the committee, which he heads, was prepared to guarantee internal democracy within the party.
According to him, this is evident in the handling of the various primary elections coordinated in recent months in the run-up to the elections for governor of the states of Edo and Ondo, held recently.
He further said that the committee had embarked on a massive resolution of conflicts in the party chapters in the 36 states of the federation and the FCT.
He said that he had also been able to reach a compromise demanding the withdrawal of all internal disputes against the party, to allow internal resolutions and dispute resolution.
“This alone is a great positive that would not have been possible without their full support and collaboration as party presidents in the federation states,” said Buni.
However, he pleaded with the presidents to use their offices to ensure the full withdrawal of litigation that could still remain within their domain before the next meeting of the National Executive Council (NEC) party.
“However, you may contact my office, in writing if necessary, for assistance in matters that may be beyond your powers,” he said.
He added that this should be seen as part of the consensus-building process to restore the party to the path of glory.
Buni stressed that the party and its management belonged to its members, adding that the doors of its national secretariat and office were always open to the presidents of the states and all members.
He said it was necessary for the party to carry out a national membership registry, adding that this was critical to its strength and readiness for future election outings.
He added that the committee was already developing a strategy on the national membership registration exercise.
“The responsibility rests with you, as state presidents capable of beginning the full awareness and awareness procedure necessary for a successful membership registration exercise in your various states while we await the final briefing,” he said.
Buni reiterated the committee’s unconditional commitment to the development of the party, adding that the support of the presidents was needed for the party to achieve their wishes.
He told the chairmen that the committee, since taking over directing the party’s affairs, had adopted and implemented a series of open-door policies.
He said the policies were aimed at renewing and improving the lot of the party both internally and with respect to its integrity and acceptance at the national level.
He added that the committee had recorded a number of positive results, including the resolution of several internal disputes in some of its state chapters.
He said the committee had also created a level playing field for party members across the federation.
Borno APC President and President of the APC Presidents of State Forum Alhaji Bukar Dalori, responding, approved a vote of confidence in the interim committee led by Buni.
“We have been struck by social media stories that allegedly gave the APC Oversight Committee an ultimatum by a group calling themselves APC Concerned Members.
“This is an unknown group at APC, and we wonder if they are really concerned as their name suggests.
“The APC chairs unanimously condemn any attempt to distract the efforts of the APC guard committee from the commendable work it has been doing,” he said.
He added that the APC had recognized a process through which members could submit any legitimate claim.
Dalori argued that dark groups with a questionable agenda could not claim any concern for the party.