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BoT: APC dumps Tinubu, Atiku, may nominate ‘Council of Elders’



There is a clandestine move by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to replace the Board of Trustees (BoT) with ‘Council of Elders’.
This may be ratified during today’s National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party.
A vote to amend the APC constitution to accommodate the new organ, Daily Trust reports, was taken at the Tuesday national caucus which held at the new banquet hall of the Aso Rock Presidential Villa, Abuja.
In attendance were President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President, Yemi Osinbajo, APC National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, APC National Leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu.
Others were Senate President, Bukola Saraki, House of Representatives Speaker, Yakubu Dogara, Senate Leader, Ali Ndume, House Leader, Femi Gbajabiamila, some state governors among others.
If the plan scales through, the NEC will ratify the nullification of the BoT and approve the constitution of a council of elders at national, zonal and state levels.
Such development means election of the BoT chairman, deputy chairman and secretary as well as the BoT meeting rescheduled for next week will no longer hold.
Atiku and Tinubu have been working round the clock to clinch the APC BoT chairmanship position.
Observers believe the move by the APC to scrap the BoT is to forestall bad blood among party bigwigs.
“Any form of election at this may result in cold war among influential members because they are already divided as to who to queue behind for the positions of BoT Chairman and Secretary respectively,” a political analyst, Olasunkanmi Adeyombo said.
“The two major contenders have what I would call ‘near-equal’ followership, so allowing them go against each other will snowball into trouble. In my opinion, APC is trying to avoid a conflict of ego.”

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