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Umahi Declares APC Caretaker Committee Constitutional

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Governor David Umahi of Ebonyi State has said that the Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is constitutional.

Naija News earlier reported that concerns were raised over the legality of the Mai Mala Buni-led APC National Caretaker Committee.

In a ruling on the Ondo governorship election last week, the Supreme Court ruled that it is illegal for Buni to hold the APC Caretaker Committee chairmanship position, despite being the governor of Yobe.

In a statement on Monday by his spokesman, Francis Nwaze, governor Umahi noted that the caretaker arrangement put together by the party was in line with the party’s constitution.

Nwaze added that the just concluded congresses in his state and other states did not violate any section of the party’s constitution or the 1999 constitution (as amended).

He said: ”When that opinion was expressed, I had to go through the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and the constitution of the party.

“A section of the party’s constitution empowers the National Executive Committee to set up a caretaker committee and this caretaker committee is to do the job of any of the organs of the party where there is vacancy or vacancies.”

Umahi described the ward congress held on July 31 as peaceful and with a massive turnout of party faithful.

The governor said the consensus arrangement was being demonstrated in the field through massive mobilisation and voting.

He said: “The congress yesterday was very wonderful, very peaceful.

“The consensus arrangement was demonstrated on the field by way of massive mobilisation and the election was very impressive.”

Ige Olugbenga is a fine-grained journalist. He loves the smell of a good lead and has a penchant for finding out something nobody else knows. Gbenga is an alumnus of the prestigious Adekunle Ajasin University, Ondo State and The Polytechnic, Ibadan.