The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Dr Salihu Lukman has asked the Governor Mala Buni led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) of the All Progressive Congress APC to resign immediately.
It will be recalled that some members of the ruling party dragged the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee before a Federal High Court in Abuja.
Speaking on Thursday, Lukman said that it has become glaring that the Buni led CECPC is being disrespectful to the decision of President Muhammadu Buhari, and Governor Atiku Bagudu led PGF to hold the APC National Convention in February.
According to him, the CECPC’s latest position was tantamount to a slap on the face of Nigerians and an insult on party members.
He said that the party leaders would are supporting the CECPC in weakening the electoral process of the APC.
He noted: “How can a statement from ‘a focus-driven, process-oriented political party’, make such a scandalous statement allegedly assuring that a convention will hold in February without indicating date and venue for the Convention?
“If subcommittees, whether for budget or anything are to be set up, to perhaps mobilise funds for the Convention, why are they not set up with just about two weeks to the end of January?
“Somehow, it is difficult not to conclude that the CECPC is intentionally promoting speculations around the APC National Convention by claiming to embark on ‘consultations with party stakeholders to prepare the ground for a rancour-free National Convention.’
“With such an agreement, the responsibility of the CECPC is to go ahead and start organising the Convention. Almost two months after, the CECPC has not issued any notice of the Convention to anyone. Not even the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), which by the provision of the Electoral Act as amended is required to be given at least 21 days’ notice.
” It is very difficult not to conclude that both the Chairman and all members of the CECPC have no respect for President Buhari, which is responsible for why they are doing everything possible to sabotage decisions validly taken to hold the APC National Convention in February after consultation with the President.