As the National Executive Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) rose from its crucial meeting on Tuesday in Abuja, it was with an extension of the tenure of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led National Executives for one year.
The NEC meeting characterised by high wire intrigue was held at the APC National Headquarters in Abuja.
The extension, though a middle of the road from a four or two-year extension the lack-lustre executives wanted, is an assault on the constitution of the party, which prescribes a three-year tenure for them.
The executives were elected in June 2014 for a three-year mandate, which is expected to lapse in June 2018. But the members had wanted an extension by four years, giving the impression that President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election would be in jeopardy under new executives.
Presided over by President Buhari, the meeting had Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Oyegun, virtually all the governors and leaders of the National Assembly in attendance.
A majority of governors went the extension plan except a few who also appear uncomfortable with the Oyegun-led executives.
The party’s state chairmen had on Monday passed a vote of confidence on Oyegun and its executives and backed them for another two years, knowing full well that they too would benefit from the elongation.
In their communique, the state chairmen also endorsed the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu-led National Reconciliation Committee, calling for support for the committee to ensure a success of its assignment
But at the National Caucus on Monday, the issue of extension did not come up. Neither is a motion for constitutional amendment to back elongation.
Speaking at the caucus, President Buhari spoke in support of conduct of congresses and election at every level of the party.