By Umar Muhammad Puma
Leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have passed a vote of confidence on the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the party under the leadership of John Odigie-Oyegun.
This resolution was reached yesterday at the meeting of the National Executive Committee, held at the national secretariat of the APC.
Addressing journalists shortly after the meeting that lasted for more than two and half hours, Speaker of the House of Representatives Yakubu Dogara, said a motion of vote of confidence was unanimously adopted by the members when it was put to vote.
He said some of us felt it was not necessary because there is nowhere that his confidence is shaking. But the motion was taken and passed.
But there was a second leg to that motion which calls for the adoption of the candidature of the President, but it was differed for now and no decision was taken because that is not the major reason why we are here.
While explaining the position of the party in the build up to 2019 election, Dogara said “today’s meeting was not about 2019 elections.
When we talk about 2019 in the co text of the agenda you saw, we are talking about membership registrations, the drive for membership and others. We are not not talking about elections. Even though there was a motion in the floor that calls for a vote of confidence on the President,
“The meeting was for stock taking and to remind ourselves of the covenant we made with the people of Nigeria, review how well we have done and what we need to do in other to deliver on the promises we made during campaign. I can tell you that after a very illuminating address by the party chairman, the President took turn to address the NEC members and he was very clear in his vision about where we are taking Nigeria to.
“We also reminded ourselves about the achievement we have recorded in terms of combating terrorism in the north east, the fight against corruption which is one area where we are doing very well and the exiting from recession and the achievement the party has recorded.
While we can say we have done quite a lot, there is still much to be done.. The resolve is that we should rededicate ourselves as a party to the service of our people and the only thing that we guarantee our place in this country is the service we render to our people.
On the review of the party’s constitution, Dogara said “obviously, we had that on the agenda and there were other items in the agenda which just passed as information. The proposal for the review of the constitution is being sent to our emails and it is when we have reviewed this that we will be able to take a binding decision on them.
But as it is now, it was just noted for information.
On the controversial convention of the party, the speaker said “there was paper on the line of activities that the party is meant to embark upon. There wasn’t a definitive and conclusive date on the party convention because it is something in the work and judging from yesterday’s meeting, I understand that the party will fine tune this and then there will be another round of meeting where the specifics and details will be approved”, he said.