APC sets up constitution review Committee

The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday in Abuja, constituted a 10- man committee to review its constitution ahead of its midterm, non-selective National Convention slated for April.

Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the party`s National Chairman while inaugurating the Committee, said the decision to review the party`s constitution was taken at its last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting.

He said the decision was particularly taken to review aspects of the party`s existing constitution which did not really address issues of disciplinary measures to be taken against erring members as well as the membership requirement.

According to him, the kind of Board of Trustee (BoT) the party should have by way of nomenclature also came up at its last NEC meeting.

Oyegun said with the party`s present constitution, it was difficult to institute disciplinary proceedings against erring members.
He expressed optimism that at the end of the exercise, the party would have a more focused constitution in terms of objectives.

The APC National Chairman urged members of the Committee to use the opportunity to look at other aspects of the constitution that should be reviewed.

This, he said, should be done with a view to cementing the processes and provisions of the constitution to permanently institutionalize internal democracy as a focus for the party.

He also called on APC members across the country to use the opportunity to make a submission to the Committee aspects of the party`s constitution they wanted to be reviewed.

This, Oyegun said, was critical to enable the party`s leadership to prepare such proposals for presentation to the convention.

He called the Committee members to discharge their responsibilities with diligence and posterity and come up with a constitution that would stand the test of time, given the party`s experience and the country`s economy.

The APC National Chairman further said that the Committee was unique because of its composition which includes Governors, Ministers, legislators and some members of the party`s National Working Committee (NWC).

He further said that the committee was expected to complete the task by the end of February, to enable the party`s leadership to circulate the constitution to members before the convention.

This, he said, was to enable party members to study the constitution ahead of the midterm, non-national convention.
He prayed God to grant the Committee members the wisdom to discharge their responsibilities dutifully.

Mr. Muis Banire, Chairman of the Committee, in his response, assured that members would discharge their responsibilities ‘’speedily and diligently’’ devoid of personal considerations.

This, he said, was to ensure that the Committee comes up with a constitution that would endure and be a functional document to address the party`s past and present challenges.

He also expressed optimism that the Committee would look into the future of the party with a view to anticipating eventualities.

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