To end the flexing of muscles over leadership of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, of the All Progressives Congress, APC, President Muhammadu Buhari, yesterday, axed Governor Sani Bello of Niger State as acting chairman of the committee.
Buhari affirmed Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State as the CECPC chairman and asked him to take charge and conduct the March 26 National Convention of the party.
President Buhari, who met with Buni in London, yesterday, conveyed his decision in a letter dated March 16, addressed to the Chairman, Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, and Kebbi State Governor, Abubakar Atiku, asking that the status quo ante be maintained.
The letter was copied from the acting CECPC Chairman, Governor Sani Bello, Secretary to the Government of the Federation SGF, Mr Boss Mustapha; Director-General, State Services, Yusuf Magaji Bichi; and Inspector-General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba.
The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, had last week refused to recognise Sani Bello as CECPC acting chairman, leaving the APC with no option but to revert to Buni, who some stakeholders and governors sacked earlier.
The President endorsed the decision on Buni’s return to his position after a series of meetings with APC stakeholders in London where he is on treatment.
Indeed, Buni is expected back in Nigeria today to take charge of APC affairs.
A source told Vanguard that Buni, who has been out of the country for medical treatment, is expected in the country.
When asked when he (Buni) is likely to be back, the source said:-
“Thursday, Insha Allah. Allah has vindicated him.”