Former All Progressives Congress (APC) Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Yekini Nabena, has said the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) was not a witch-hunt.
Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni was appointed as the Chairman Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Committee of the party.
Following the NEC’s decision, members of the sacked NWC had threatened to drag the party’s highest decision-making body to court.
The dissolved NWC stated that Chief Victor Giadom, a former National Secretary of the party, had no authority to convene a National Executive Committee meeting.
The 18 members of the NWC referred to Article 25(B) which states the officer(s) of the party empowers to convene a NEC meeting, submitting that Giadom fell short of the provision of the party constitution to summon the meeting.
But in a u-turn, the aggrieved NWC members announced that they have dropped plans to approach the court.
In a statement, Nabena appealed to aggrieved members of the party to adhere to Buhari’s appeal.
He said: “Perceived fears of a witch hunt is misplaced. The APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee headed by the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni has been given a mandate by the APC NEC to reform our party and ensure unity across party ranks.
“There can be contestation which is not unusual in a political organization, but the task before us now is to support APC Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee to settle our differences and bring the much-needed reconciliation and peace to our dear party at this point.
“The leader of our party, President Muhammadu Buhari has called on party members to withdraw cases against the party in court. It is a welcome development that many members have begun adhering to the president’s call. I urge other members and groups to do the same for the growth and unity of our party.”