How Five APC Governors Staged ‘Coup’ Against Buni

Five governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) led the coup against Governor Mai Mala Buni as the acting national chairman of the ruling party, Daily Independent exclusively gathered.

While giving a vivid account of what transpired, a member of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) from the Northern part of the country on Wednesday, said the five APC governors took advantage of the fact that Buni was receiving medical attention abroad to hatch his removal.

ernors as Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger, who has since stepped into Buni’s position.

Others, according to him, are Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti; Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna; Muhammadu Badaru of Jigawa and Atiku Bagudu of Kebbi State.

While insisting that the coup against Buni has to do with the tussle for power in 2023, he added that President Muhammadu Buhari never approved of his removal but rather, the governors acted on their own.

“What happened was simply a coup against Buni led by five governors. What surprised us was the role played by the governor of Niger State who has since taken over Buni’s role while he is receiving treatment abroad.

Was Governor Sani Bello not a member of the CECPC? Was he not part of all the decisions we have been taking all along? “The truth is that Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, Fayemi, El-Rufai, Badaru Atiku Bagudu planned the coup against Buni. These were the same people going about with the national chairman and severally passed votes of confidence in him. Why are they stabbing him in the back now when he is on the sickbed receiving medical attention abroad? “From what we have seen so far, they did what they did all because of 2023 presidency”.

Even though he said the anti- Buni governors informed the president of their actions, our source said Buhari never gave his consent.

“APC has hundreds of court cases in many of the states. These issues are what Buni is trying to resolve before the convention so that the outcome will not be nullified.

But these people went and lied against him before the president that he doesn’t want to conduct the convention.

“Buni is a patriotic fellow. He respects the president a lot. All what they said that the president approved his removal as APC chairman is false. Did they show any letter to that effect? They are just dropping the name of the president for selfish gains.

A NEC meeting was called in Aso Villa when Buni was appointed. If the president feels dissatisfied and wants him removed, the same process will be adopted”.

Also on Wednesday, Governor Abubakar Sani Bello, the acting chairman of APC, inaugurated chairmen and secretaries of subcommittees for the March 26 national convention.

The chairman, who said the March 26 convention date is sacrosanct, explained the new panels are being reduced to a manageable size for effective delivery.

Addressing newsmen on Wednesday at the end of their meeting at the APC national secretariat in Abuja, the governor also announced that the number of some subcommittees for the convention had been trimmed. In the new list, the names of Governor Buni and John Akpanudoedehe were conspicuously missing from the Central Planning Committee of the convention.

In the list released on Wednesday, Governor Sani Bello, who has been presiding over the affairs of the party since Buni’s absence, is the chairman of the Central Planning Committee. Other members are Ken Nnamani, Yusuf Abubakar Yusuf, Akinyemi Jagaba, Prof. Tahir Mamman, David Lyon, Sen. Abba Alli, Stella Okotete, James Lalu and Ismaeel Ahmed.

Buni Remains Caretaker Chairman Of Our Party— APC Senators

Meanwhile, APC senators on Wednesday insisted that Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State remains chairman of the caretaker committee of the party.

The APC caucus in the Senate after a second day running of their emergency meeting, declared that Buni remains the substantive chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).

Fielding questions from journalists after their meeting, the Leader of the Senate, Yahaya Abdullahi, disclosed that various issues facing the party were exhaustively deliberated upon with clear indication of peace ahead of the March 26 national convention of the party. He said: “These are trying times for major political parties in the country, the the very reason we in the APC as Senate caucus met for second day running this week towards required collaboration with other stakeholders for unity of purpose in the party ahead of the coming national convention and 2023 general elections.

“Required strategies have been mapped out by the caucus to bring all interests groups together in making the party stronger and well positioned for the 2023 general elections.

“The reported storm in the party by the media is not true as there was no leadership crisis. “Governor Buni, to us, remains the chairman of National Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee of the party.

“He will resume in that capacity any moment he returns from Dubai where he went for medical check.

“Governor Sani Bello, who is acting in that capacity now, is doing so to avoid vacuum in leadership and most importantly, to put in place required arrangements for the forthcoming national convention of the party 17 days from now.”

The senators who attended the meeting that lasted for about three hours were President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan; his Deputy, Ovie Omo-Agege; the Whip, Orji Uzor Kalu and other principal officers.

The caucus, which specifically resolved to meet with CECPC of the party, leaders of Governors’ Forum and aspirants/ candidates from this coming weekend, adopted seven- point communiqué geared towards dousing any form of tension in the party.

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