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PRESIDENT BUHARI REJECTS..............Tenure Extension for Oyegun


President Muhammadu Buhari on Tuesday, March, 27, reportedly described as illegal the tenure elongation for the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, and other elected officials of the party. 

The president, according to The Cable and Channels Television, demanded that decision to extend the party’s national working committee (NWC) led by Oyegun, be reconsidered and reversed. 

According to the president, who spoke at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, said the extension decided upon at the party’s NEC meeting on February 28 is against the constitution of the APC. 

Premium Times reports that the party officials and members who attended the meeting did not expect Buhari’s pronouncement calling for the cancellation of the tenure extension for Oyegun. The report said Buhari spoke before the commencement of NEC meeting in favour of the cancelling of the tenure extension decision. “It is against the party constitution and the Nigerian constitution,” Buhari said while presenting the matter for discussion at the meeting. Buhari said he changed his mind over the extension of tenure for Oyegun and others because he does not want the party’s activities to be faulted by any court of law. 

The report said the NEC members were shocked because the issue was not part of the agenda circulated to members and was not discussed at the national caucus meeting which held at the Presidential Villa previously. During a NEC meeting of the party on February 28, the tenure of members of National Working Committee (NWC) led by John Odigie-Oyegun was extended by one year.

The speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said that the fate of John Odigie-Oyegun would be decided on Tuesday, March 27, during the party's National Executive Council meeting. The report said that he said this in an interview with the State House correspondents late Monday night, March 26, after the three-hour caucus meeting of the party presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa in Abuja. 

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