Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State said the National Executive Committee NEC of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC approved a one-year tenure extension for the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun led National Working Committee of the party as well as all other structures of the party at the state and local government levels to avert the party’s implosion.
Bello stated this on Tuesday in Abuja after APC NEC which was attended by top chieftains of the party. including President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, governors and national assembly members except Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara.
Explaining the rationale behind the tenure elongation of the party’s excos instead of a convention, the governor said, “At the end of the National Executive Council meeting today, a major decision was taken in line with the constitution of our party. We are all aware that the tenure of the current NWC and the executive members of this party both elected and appointed comes to an end June this year.
“Considering the time left for the party to conduct all the Congresses and convention and considering that our leader Sen. Tinubu has been charged with responsibility to reconciling all aggrieved members of our party, we cannot afford to approach general elections with more dispute and crisis.
“So, relying on Article 13 of our constitution, which empowers the NEC to carry out the function of the convention, the NEC has decided to extend the tenure of the current NWC and other executive committees at various levels for another twelve months, starting from June 30th.”