By Danjuma Aliyu and Adenike Lucas
The President has asked his party members to give waiver to members of the National Working Committee, NWC, who want to contest in the upcoming congress election.
President Muhammadu Buhari who declared his re-election plans at a meeting of the All Progressives Congress in Abuja today said “current executives should be free to vie for elective positions in the party if they so wish as permitted by our Party constitution.
“However, considering the provision of Article 31(1) (iii) of the APC Constitution which requires any serving officer desirous of seeking re-election to resign from office 30 days before election, I am not sure of the practicality of present serving officers’ ability to meet this condition.
“Accordingly, the party may consider granting waivers to party executives at all levels so that they are not disenfranchised from participating in the elections should they wish to do so, provided this does not violate our rules.
“Necessary waiver(s) should also be extended to executives at the Ward level whose tenures may have elapsed, and indeed to anyone knocking at our doors from other political parties. This is in the spirit of the Right to Freedom of Association guaranteed by the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).
“In this circumstance, the party should officially issue a statement on the above Waivers so that our house may be full. We all must not be ignorant of the times, and the journey that is ahead of us.”
After making this statement at the NEC meeting, President Buhari departed for London, where he will visit the Prime Minister. and also participate in the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings.