The internal crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) reached a cresendo after a faction sacked interim chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni and installed his replacement.
At an event held at 251 Herbert Macaulay Way CBD Abuja, Opposite NNPC Towers in Abuja, Prince Mustapha Audu, a former governorship aspirant from Kogi state was sworn in to act in interim capacity.
After he took the oath, Audu said a National Reconciliation Committee will be formed to reconcile aggrieved members before the February 26, 2021 convention.
He also announced a zoning formula for national positions in the new National Working Committee (NWC).
But the APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) has since distanced the ruling party from the faction.
John Akpan Udoedehe, APC National Secretary said the attention the purported group seeks will not be given to them by the party.
“We have received several enquiries from the media and concerned APC members on the felonious activities of a purported group parading themselves as Progressive Youth Movement,” he said in a statement on Monday.
He added that, “The purported group and membership are unknown to the Party, its structure or as a registered support group. Hence, we completely disown them and cannot account for their activities or join issues with them.
“However laughable, the criminal attempt of the purported group to usurp the leadership of the President Muhammadu Buhari-led APC now bothers on treasonable felony. Relevant security bodies must now check and address their unscrupulous activities.
“The attention the purported group seeks will not be given to them by the party. We can only advise that the general public completely disregard them. Members of this group are not registered members of the APC and are being used by opposition elements and fifth columnists to cause confusion.
“As widely reported, the successful meeting between the APC leadership, Progressive Governors’ Forum and the President produced February 2022 as the timeframe for the Party’s National Convention.
“Our focus now is preparing the ground for a rancour-free exercise,” he said.