President Muhammadu Buhari may have lost total grip on the All Progressives Congress as its National Executive Committee on Tuesday told him that he lacks the power to reverse the one-year tenure extension approved for the National Working Committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Buhari had stirred the hornet’s nest when he declared at the NEC meeting in Abuja on Tuesday that Oyegun’s Exco was running on an illegal tenure extension.
Buhari said he received legal advice from unknown sources that every action taken by Oyegun’s Exco since last month’s extension of its tenure by one year would be deemed as illegal.
Buhari had also said the party must organise elective congresses and a national convention in accordance with the 1999 Constitution (as amended) and its own rules.
However, the NEC reportedly overruled Buhari, saying he was merely expressing his personal opinion.
Confirming the development to journalists after the meeting, the party’s spokesman, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, said the tenure extension would remain until NEC reverses itself.
Abdullahi said: “The president’s position has not changed the position of NEC. NEC has not reversed itself on the tenure extension. The decision of NEC on the one-year tenure extension stands.
“The president is not NEC. NEC will have to reverse itsekf but right now, it has not done that. So, the tenure extension still stands.”
With the latest development, APC nay be heading for the rocks as the president has finally shown that he cannot exert moral authority over the party.
The situation is the latest in the power tussle between Oyegun and a former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, over the control of the party.
Oyegun us being supported by a number if APC governors who see Tinubu as a usurper and busybody.
South-West governors are in support of Tinubu but it remains to be seen how far their influence will sway things in his favour.