The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, has explained the reason why the party secretly held the National Working Committee meeting on Monday at the private residence of the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
It was gathered that the meeting which started at about 2:30pm lasted for about five hours. He disclosed that the meeting was aimed at putting measures in place to ensure a hitch-free NEC meeting scheduled for February 27.
“Our meeting was basically to prepare the ground for our NEC meeting; we looked at the (proposals for) constitution amendments, the Restructuring Committee report and other activities ahead of our national convention in June, that’s all. We had to go through the constitutional amendment and all that in preparation for the NEC meeting.”
Reacting to whether the meeting discussed the appointment of Bola Tinubu by the President to head the party's reconciliatory effort, he said;
“The issue of Asiwaju ’s appointment was not on the agenda. Yes, the party was not consulted but we don’t feel the need to be consulted . We are happy and it is a positive development, it is neither strange nor new. When the leader of the party feels there is a need to reconcile party members across the country, he sets up an extraordinary panel or committee to deal with the problem.
That’s why I feel he may have wanted to supervise the process himself but because of other commitments – he is the President of the whole country now not just the leader of the APC.
It is quite appropriate for him to bring someone to do it on his behalf. We don ’t feel the need for the President to ask for our clearance before he does that. We are happy that he has done that and we are willing to work with Asiwaju to find solutions to some of these problems as we prepare for the next elections.”