The All Progressives Congress (APC) has granted waivers to its leaders to re-contest if they so wished during the party’s congresses and national convention. LEKE SALAUDEEN examines how the decision will affect the party’s cohesion and performance in next year’s elections.
It is more or less of an half bread, which is better than none. The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) did not get tenure elongation, but it got a waiver. The waiver entitles the National Working Committee (NWC) chaired by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to recontest without resigning. The waiver also extends to party officers at the ward, local government and state levels.
President Muhammadu Buhari proposed the waivers in his reaction to the report of the Simon Lalong Technical Committee, which looked into the tenure elongation controversy.
The President’s position was informed by the need for unity in the party. He said: “With the present state of the party and based on the report submitted by the Technical Committee, it is important to focus on how to move the party forward by avoiding actions detrimental to the interest of the party. Considering that politics is a game of numbers, we must not be a house divided against itself and must try to note, appreciate and accommodate our differences as far as law permits. Upon my review of the report, my position is to ensure that the party tows the path of unity, legality and cohesion and not that of division.