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Court Rules Tenure Elongation is Illegal

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The Federal High Court sitting in Abuja has ruled as unconstitutional attempts by some in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to extend the tenure of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun’s executives by four years by fiat as unconstitutional.
The judge also made it clear that the February 27, 2018 resolution of the party’s national executives by one year was unconstitutional.
But the court held that since the congresses were already on the matter has become academic.
Some governors of the party including Nasir el-Rufai (Kaduna), Yahaya Bello (Kogi) and Ibikunle Amosun (Ogun) and a few chieftains were openly rooting for the extension of Oyegun’s tenure by one year.
At the party’s NEC held on February 27 and attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, the decision to exten Oyegun and co’s tenure by one year was carried.
But the APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, drew the attention of the president to the legal implications of extension by fiat, saying it went against the grains of provisions of Section 223 of the 1999 Constitution as amended and Article 27 of the party’s constitution which holds that the NEC cannot assume the powers of a convention with respect to constitution amendment.
Persuaded by the argument, the president at the ensuing March 27 NEC spoke vehemently against the extension until it was quashed.
The implication of the court’s declaration, according to analysts, is that Asiwaju Tinubu advised the president rightly and that he was more concerned about the interest of the party than anything else.

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