Thursday, March 24, 2016

APC set to replace BoT with council of elders

The plan to replace the Board of Trustees (BoT) with a council of elders may be ratified during today’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the governing All Progressives Congress (APC), credible sources have said.
A vote to amend the APC constitution to accommodate the new organ was taken at  the Tuesday national caucus which held  behind closed-doors at the new banquet hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The meeting was attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Chairman John Odigie-Oyegun, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, APC National Leader Ahmed Bola Tinubu, Senate President Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Senate Leader Ali Ndume, House Leader Femi Gbajabiamila and  some state governors among others.
Because of the new amendment to the party’s constitution, the NEC will ratify the nullification of the BoT and approve the constitution of a council of elders at national, zonal and state levels.
If the amendment scales through,  the much-anticipated election of the BoT chairman, deputy chairman and secretary will no longer be necessary and the meeting of the board rescheduled for next week will no longer hold.
Sources said the national caucus meeting also discussed the need to have a formal leadership for the national caucus of the party, a move which has not been worked out.
The meeting, it was further gathered, addressed the issues of security, how to improve the economy and reviewed the rerun elections so far conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Daily Trust learnt that the APC National Chairman, Chief Odigie-Oyegun, used the meeting to speak on the reported plan to ease him out of office.
Odigie-Oyegun was said to have told those allegedly sponsoring the move to get him out of office that there were procedures for removing people. 
He was also said to have reminded them of the need to, not only respect the tenure of his office, but also stop the “campaign of calumny which is disgracing the party”.

-Daily Trust