The fresh crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a new dimension as Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State who is the Caretaker Committee Chairman of the party is set to step down from the saddle, Daily Independent has exclusively gathered.
Buni was appointed the chairman of the caretaker committee in June after the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) by the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party based on recommendations from President Muhammadu Buhari.
The NEC also said the Buni-led caretaker committee will run the affairs of the party pending when it elects new officials.
However, Buni, who was the National Secretary of the APC before his election as Yobe State governor in 2019 general elections, has faced barrage of criticisms from within the party as many view his appointment as a clear violation of the APC constitution which forbids officers of the party from holding any executive position in government.
Section 4 under article 17 reads: “No officer in any organ of the party shall hold executive position office in government concurrently.”
Also, some APC members had claimed that Buni’s appointment is a huge distraction as he spends all his time in Abuja while Yobe, where he was elected governor, is one of the three states most affected by the Boko Haram menace.
Few days ago, stakeholders in the APC in Yobe State demanded the impeachment of Governor Buni by the state House of Assembly if he fails to resign.
The APC stakeholders premised their demand on the governor’s alleged “unavailability in the state to discharge his constitutional duties as governor of Yobe State.”
They said Buni “has abandoned the state completely and only visits once in a month.”