There is confusion over the reported removal of Governor Mai Buni of Yobe State as the chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) caretaker committee.
The report said President Muhammadu Buhari authorized the removal of the governor who was immediately replaced with his Niger State counterpart, Governor Abubakar Sani-Bello.
On Monday morning, police personnel took over the Abuja headquarters of the ruling party to forestall any breakdown of law and order.
While the siege laid credence the the reported removal, Mr Sani-Bello arrived at the party’s secretariat and was said to have presided over a meeting of the caretaker committee.
Mr Buni’s removal is attributed to the lukewarm attitude of failing to put things in place for the national convention rescheduled to March 26.
But a statement from the national secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, denied the reported removal, insisting that the Yobe governor who is currently on a medical tourism outside the country, like Mr Buhari, was still in charge of affairs.
“Our attention has been drawn to sponsored media reports on an imaginary leadership change in the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC),” Mr Akpanudoedehe said.
“The APC is a progressive political party guided by rules. Leadership changes are not announced by ‘sources’ through name dropping in the media.
“We urge our teeming supporters, members and indeed the general public to remain calm and support the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led APC CECPC conduct a rancour-free and credible National Convention deserving of our great party,” he appealed.