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Buni panel set for fresh six months as APC governors laud performance

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Governors: Dave Umahi (Ebonyi State) (left); Muhammad Inuwa Yahaya (Gombe State); Abubakar Atiku Bagudu (Kebbi State); Rotimi Akeredolu (Ondo State); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti State). Second row L-R: Babajide Sanwo-Olu (Lagos State); Yahaya Bello (Kogi State); Adegboyega Oyetola (Osun State); Abdullahi Ganduje (Kano State); Dapo Abiodun (Ogun State) and Mai Mala Buni (Yobe State) during a briefing of the Progressives Governors’ Forum after a meeting in Abuja…yesterday.<br />

Indications emerged, yesterday, that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) would extend the tenure of Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) by another six months till the end of the year.

This came as the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF) passed a vote of confidence on the panel for “their outstanding performance” in rebuilding the party.

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Led by Governor Abubakar Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State, the body made the resolution at the end of its meeting on Wednesday night in Abuja.

The decision comes on the heel of President Muhammadu Buhari’s position that the fate of the committee, which has twice enjoyed six-month extensions, would be determined by the end of this month.

The governors, in a statement, commended their Yobe counterpart, Buni, for providing excellent leadership to the party at the most critical period.

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The forum stated: “ The vote of confidence is imperative to encourage the leadership of the party to continue its strides in piloting APC to its next level.

“It would be recalled that the CECPC, under the leadership of Governor Mai Mala Buni, was put in place to strengthen the ruling party in the face of some challenges.

“The Yobe State Governor and his CECPC committee members have succeeded in attracting serving and former governours, senators, House of Representatives members, as well as other notable opposition figures to the party. They have also helped in stabilising the APC and midwife a successful membership drive to make the party the biggest in Africa.”

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