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APC Crisis: Youth Leaders Dissociate Self From New Factional CECPC

National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC

As the crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) continue to rage youth groups under the aegis of APC registered youth groups in Nigeria and the Diaspora have dissociated themselves from the attempt to deposed the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led interim Caretaker/ Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC)  of the party.

The Journal had reported how on Monday some stakeholders under the ages of Progressive Youth Movement led by son of late Kogi governor and APC chieftain, Mustapha Audu announced the dissolution of the Buni-led CECPC and its replacement with a new interim caretaker committee.

Mr Audu who was named the new chairman of the party, went on to appoint President Muhammadu Buhari as the head of the advisory committee, Speaker House of Representatives, Honourable Femi Gbajabiamila and Lagos State Governor, Babajide Sanwo-Olu were also appointed as members of the new Caretaker Committee.

According to the coalition, the Progressive Youth Movement and their factional executive are nothing but a bogus group sponsored to destabilize the APC and the Buhari government, and that the party remains a party of law, rules and procedure.

Addressing the media in Abuja on Friday on behalf of the Youth leaders, Director-General of the Coalition of Progressive Youth Groups in Nigeria and the Diaspora (COPY-ND), Dr. Aminu Abdullahi Isyaku said the group’s illegal activities have been reported to the Police, Department of State Services (DSS) and other security agencies.  

“Our message is simple: The APC is a party of rules and due process and is too critical to the Nigerian Youth, that cannot be distracted by a mere press briefing and reckless announcement of new leadership arbitrarily by a sponsored group that is alien to our coalition and to the Party.

In recent times, the Buni led committee has come under increased and persistent calls for its resignation as its authority becomes more contentious with litigations and threats here and there. Since the controversial removal of Adams Oshiomhole as party chairman and the constitution of the 15 member caretaker committee in January 2020 for a six months period which was initially extended from December 2020, its mandate has been extended twice as the party sought to conduct its multi-level congresses before its ultimate national convention where a substantive chairman and executive will be chosen to oversee the subsequent presidential primary for the 2023 election, much to the chagrin of some key stakeholders in the fold.

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