APC National Caucus Meet to Discuss True Federalism, Party’s Constitution

President Muhammadu Buhari on Monday night presided over resumed meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) National Caucus at the Aso Rock, Abuja.
The closed door meeting started at about 8.20 p.m at the new Banquet Hall of the State House, Abuja and lasted till the wee hours of Tuesday.
At the end, the National Chairman of All Progressives Congress (APC), John Odigie-Oyegun, said that the meeting discussed more serious issues but not about his removal from office.
Odigie-Oyegun, who fielded questions from State House correspondents on the outcome of the meeting said the meeting discussed the party’s report on true federalism
The party Chairman said the issue of his removal from office as being advocated by the aggrieved members had now become history.
“No, the meeting concluded the agenda we started the last time we met which we did not complete.
“Today we discussed true federalism, something a lot more serious, a lot more serious,” he added.
Also, The President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki, described the meeting as “a good meeting”, adding that members deliberated on a number of issues to do with the party’s constitution.
“We deliberated a number of issues to do with the constitution of the party which are very important issues here, the constitution, and to prepare for NEC tomorrow, it was a good meeting,” he said.
Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina State, expressed delight with the attendance and comments of members at the meeting
“We discussed so many things – one of them is the proposed amendment of the constitution.
“We are united as a party and we believe the amendment of the constitution would unite us more and we are happy with attendance and comments by members of the caucus,” he added.
Also commenting on the outcome of the meeting, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, said that it was a routine meeting of the party to set the agenda for the NEC holding on Tuesday.
“All I can tell you is that there is a meeting which is routine and the caucus meeting is determined to set up an agenda of the NEC meeting tomorrow. And all I can tell you is that the agenda is well set.
“I believe that it will be the responsibility of NEC to decide and after a decision is taken, some of our faithful members will address the press.
“I don’t think it is in my place to divulge what was discussed.
“Tactically, it is an agenda setting meeting and we have had that meeting but the main meeting will take place tomorrow,” Dogara said.
Asked whether he was worried over the elongation of the tenure of the party chairman, Dogara said, “It is not a question of my being worried because I am just one perhaps of millions of APC members.
“Like I said, certainly it’s going to be an agenda for the consideration of NEC, whatever NEC decides, that will be binding on all of us as faithful members of the party.”
However, sources at the meeting said it deliberated on reports on review of APC Constitution and consideration of report on True Federalism as well as other matters.
Gov. Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna state chaired the APC Committee on true federalism and the committee submitted its report in October 2017.
The committee looked at 12 issues including merging of states, fiscal federalism and devolution of power.

Author: News Editor

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