Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State can never return as Chairman of the Caretaker Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Governor Nasir El-Rufai has said.
Governor Sani Bello of Niger State stepped into the office of the caretaker chairman on Monday in what many have described as fresh crisis in the APC.
Speaking on Channels Television’s Politics Today, El-Rufa’i said Buni, who is currently out of the country, can only return as governor of Yobe, but not as chairman of the ruling party.
He said Bello has the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari and 19 governors. President Buhari instructed that Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State should take over the leadership of the APC… he (Bello) has the backing of at least 19 APC governors, says Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State.
But senators who are members of the APC have countered reports that the chairman of the party’s caretaker committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State, has been sacked.
Niger State Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, on Monday, presided over the meeting of APC’s Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee at the national secretariat in Abuja, giving credence to speculations that Buni had been removed.
But Senate Leader Yahaya Abdullahi (APC, Kebbi) said the Niger State governor was only acting in the absence of Buni, who has been away on medical grounds.
Speaking with newsmen after a closed-door meeting of APC senators yesterday, Senator Abdullahi said,“The speculation in the papers is not exactly true.”
He said the meeting was called to dissect issues affecting the party with a view to resolving them ahead of the March 26 convention.
“What we are concerned about is the seeming disarray in the party,” he said.
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