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APC’s Buni-led Caretaker committee is impunity, anti-party – Senator Kadiri

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Former Senator representing Kogi East Senatorial district and a chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Dr Alex Usman Kadiri has accused President Muhammadu Buhari of anti-party to have single handedly appointed Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni as Caretaker Committee Chairman of APC.

The former lawmaker spoke at the backdrop of Ondo State Supreme Court judgement involving governor, Oluwarotimi Akeredolu vs Eyitayo Jegede where APC’s candidate narrowly got 4 to PDP’s 3.

Kadiri said Buni-led caretaker committee was a product of Buhari’s impunity, noting that it was unknown to party Constitution.

Kadiri, who represented Kogi East in the upper legislative Chambers from 1999-2003, submitted that Buni is now holding two executive positions as APC Committee Chairman and governor of Yobe State contrary to what APC constitution stipulated.

The ex-lawmaker lamented that party members were docile in the face of President Buhari’s impunity as there was no contribution by any organ of the party that brought the Caretaker Committee into existence, a situation that has pushed APC to crossroads.

He warned the APC to retool, put its house in order and desist from doing the wrong things.

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He further explained that APC caretaker leadership was errorneous, maintaining that if Jegede had joined Mai Mala-Buni, APC would have lost.

“If he had joined him that is where the trouble would have started for the APC. That tells you one story that even Senior Advocates do not tidy their own cases properly. Jegede as a Senior Advocate of Nigeria did not tidy his case up properly.

“Jegede should have known that he ought to have joined Buni. That lacuna was there and that is why he lost.

“I have granted press interviews, my views are well known. On Tuesday last week with my ill health something took me to the national secretariat of the APC; I had to climb to the third floor to meet with the National Secretary John James Akpanudoedehe because he is somebody I know. His house is close to mine at Maitama, but said I should wait and meet him in the House, I said, no, I will meet you in the office for an official discussion.

“It is all about this Caretaker Committee, Buhari just sat in his office and appointed you people, no party organ was involved in making the caretaker committee come into existence. That is in itself Anti Party.

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“Adams Oshiomhole was not good, yes, but the way you came, in this country we just swallow anything since it is the President that said it, we all kept quiet.

“How can Buni be chaiman of APC and be Governor of Yobe State? When it is in the constitution of our party that a Governor cannot hold two executive positions. If this matter is pursued to the end all those elected during Buni’ caretakership would be declared null and void.

“I am surprised that the judges of the Supreme Court had 4 to 3. I don’t know what the four were thinking. They will probably be saying ‘If I deliver this judgement the President would be upset. That is the problem with the blackman, the problem of Nigerian and Africa.

“The contraption called APC Caretaker Committee is illegal. The National Secretary is not holding any position so he may not be affected.

Kadiri said he was passionate about APC, but bothered about weongbthings that are going on in the party.

According to him, there isn’t APC in Kogi, Niger, Zamfara, stating that Zamfara governor can not win any person for APC, as the original APC members don’t want him.

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“So Zamfara, Kogi, Niger. Look at what is going on in Imo. Are you counting these States as part of the States held by APC?

On those jumping the boat from PDP to APC he said, they are do so to seek protection

“They know that those who left before to join APC have all their sins forgotten. Orji Uzor Kalu went to prison he was brought back, the court struck out his case he is back in the Senate as the chief whip.

“You see the trouble in this country? Akpabio won election as PDP because Attah made sure the thing shifted from Ibibio to him in Ikot Ekpene. He was Governor for 8 years.

“He was receiving the largest allocation from the Federation account and most part of that money is in his pocket. Then he comes, join APC and they made him Minister of Niger Delta. If he did not join APC by now he should have been like Joshua Dariye who is in prison now.”

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