Buni returns to Nigeria, endorses Gov Bello’s actions

Mala Buni of Yobe State

Yobe State Governor Mai Buni returned to Nigeria on Thursday and resumed leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) caretaker and extraordinary convention planning committee (CECPC).

A statement by his spokesman Mamman Mohammed in Damaturu said that Buni appealed to all party members to remain calm and law-abiding.

Buni, who met President Muhammadu Buhari in London on Wednesday, said that all actions taken by the APC CECPC under Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger, who was the acting chairman, remained valid and binding.

“I duly transmitted power to His Excellency the Niger state Governor Muhammed Sani Bello. Therefore, all actions and measures taken by the committee under his leadership as acting chairman, remain valid and binding,” he said.

Kaduna State Governor Nasir El-Rufai had said on live television that Buni’s reign was over, adding that Bello was to take over to ensure the national convention holds on March 26.

However, Buni said it was a waste of time to hold grudges against individuals involved in the recent happenings in the party, saying grudges were detrimental to the success of a party.

“As we head towards the national convention, the party needs the support of every stakeholder and member to succeed. As democrats and committed party members, we should avoid issues that are capable of diverting our attention from the path of success,” he said.