By Musa Sunusi Ahmad
Barely two days after Comrade Adams Oshiomhole inaugurated Arch. Waziri Bulama as the Acting National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), a member of the National Working Committee (NWC) and APC Deputy National Chairman, North, Senator Lawal Shuaibu has described the exercise as a nullity.
He also warned that attempt by the NWC to exercise functions that were strictly reserved for the NEC and Convention in. the party’s constitution will only spell doom for APC ahead of the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship election.
Citing relevant sections of the constitution of APC and the Nigeria constitution, the former lawmaker said at no time did the APC constitution give the NWC powers to appoint national officers , even in acting capacity.
He also noted that the guidelines recently published by the party in respect of the forthcoming Edo and Ondo governorship elections was not the product of NEC of the party as stipulated in the constitution, insisting that the party never met before coming out with the guidelines.
“The APC Constitution in Article 20 () (a) made it unambiguously clear, that All Party Posts prescribed or implied by this constitution SHALL be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective convention (in the case of NWC or NEC) or congress (in the case of Executive Committees at State, Local Government or ward levels) et tal.
“There is nowhere in that same constitution where it was envisaged that an officer of the party could be appointed by the Chairman nor the NWC.
“Not even NEC has the power to appoint any National officer of the Party in any capacity. Let me ask this simple question, what is difficult in organizing a mid term convention to elect the officers in line with the constitution so that even the officers will have confidence that they are elected like all other officers.
“The constitution of the the Party in Article 25 (A) (1) page 89 stipulates that there shall be a convention every two years. We had convention in 2018 and another one is due in 2020. What is the hurry in appointing an acting National secretary when we have the duly elected Deputy National Secretary who have been acting in that capacity since December 2018 in line with Article 14.4 of the Constitution”.
Senator Shuaibu who was recalled from suspension as part of resolution of the lingering crisis that rocked the party and led to the suspension of Oshiomhole, regrets that nothing has been learned and that the national chairman has continued to observe the laws of the party in breach.
He wondered why leaders of APC have allowed the party to degenerate to the point that the constitution of the is abused, observed that it appears all APC leaders are now fed up with its leadership.
“The self-imposed and the National Publicity Secretary, in a press statement stated that the National Working Committee had APPOINTED an acting National Secretary. How do you appoint?
” Are we still running a party with rules and regulations? This is now the pattern in the Party. Let me state unequivocally that any nomination signed by such acting National Secretary is a nullity and liable to be challenged by the opposition. Are we deaf and blind? Or is the Chairman finally out to inter the Party?
“What are the leaders of the Party doing in the midst of this anarchy? Are they all equally fed up with the seeming collapsing party in the hands of a politically injured person that seems to be nursing political revenge?
He urged APC leaders “to take a stand so that the followers know whether the party is now either a jungle or that entity of our collective dream at the inception”.
“Majority of the members of the party are already perplexed, disillusioned and some even weighing their options. A stich in time, I believe, saves nine”!
On the Edo and Ondo governorship election he warned that another Zamfara saga is in the offing as any documents signed by Acting National Secretary would only serve the interest of the opposition.