APC used looted funds to win 2015 elections - PDP chief says

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The APC chieftain stated this while reacting to comments credited to the party's spokesman, Bolaji Abdullahi that the tenure elongation of members of the National Working Committee (NWC) would stand despite President Muhammadu Buhari's rejection.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement yesterday said there is no evidence that the party looted any public fund, noting that the APC and Buhari campaigned for the 2015 presidential election with looted billions of naira meant for the provision of essential amenities for ordinary Nigerians.

Although the meeting tried to resolve the crisis with a vote of confidence on the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun and the extension of the tenure of the NWC by one year.

He said those supporting the tenure elongation were doing it for their selfish interest saying the reversal of the tenure elongation indicated an that the President was not in support of the impunity perpetrated by some leaders of the party. "By tomorrow (today), we shall make the list public", he said.

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The aggrieved members, led by Ademorin Kuye and Are Mutiu (Lagos); Sani Mayanchi (Zamfara); and Machu Tokwat (Kaduna) had earlier sought an ex parte order directing the NWC members to show cause why the court should not stop them from continuing as national officers of the party effective June 30.

"As far as President Buhari's view is concerned, it carries no weight until the party meet and decide and deliberated on it".

"While the APC Constitution, in Article 17 (1) and 13.2 (B), limits the tenure of elected officers to four years, renewable once by another election, the 1999 Constitution of Nigeria (as amended), in section 223, also prescribes periodic elections for party executives at regular intervals, which must not exceed four years".

Buhari explained, however, that it was expected that a fresh elections be conducted once the tenure of the current executives approaches its end. This is a way of disgracing him before Nigerians and entire world that President has no say in his own party.

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"We attest to Tinubu's progressive and patriotic contributions towards efforts to deepen democracy and ensure good governance in the country", the party stated.

"Fortunately, we have already approved a timetable for the holding of congresses and elections".

President Buhari had on Monday told members of the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party that the tenure elongation of Oyegun and others was illegal.

According to Tinubu, the President has affirmed that the APC is a party that adheres to internal democracy.

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A national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, in a statement he personally signed, hailed Buhari's address at the NEC meeting.