The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Caretaker Committee, John James Akpanudoedehe, has said he has not resigned from his position yet.
He stated this on Tuesday evening at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
He was responding to media reports that he has tendered his resignation following the alleged sacking of the caretaker committee chairman of the party and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni.
The alleged sacking of Buni saw the taking over of Niger State Governor, Sani Bello as the new caretaker committee chairman on Monday.
Recall that the ruling party has been embroiled in internal crisis over the conduct of its national convention.
This crisis saw the recurring postponement of the party’s national convention from February to March this year, with fears that it may eventually not even hold.
This may have led to the reported sacking of Buni, who is said to be currently on a medical tourism abroad.
Akpanudoedehe said, “I have read in the social media that I have resigned as Secretary of the APC Caretaker Committee. I want to state that it is not true. I didn’t resign. If I have resigned, you would have seen my letter of resignation written by me. Someone cannot just say somebody is dead when he is alive.
“I am not bigger than the party, or bigger than the President who is a leader of the country. I am waiting for the National Chairman to come back.
“We have done reconciliation, ward, local governments and state congresses. And we are about to do the National Convention. This is not the first time you are seeing power play.
“I am waiting for the Chairman. If we have directive from the President that we should resign, we are not bigger than the President, we will do so, if we hear from him. Somebody cannot say go and announce he is resigning. Like MKO Abiola used to say you don’t shave someone’s head in his absence.
“I am stating here that that breaking news is not from me. I don’t know who announced it.
“Someone cannot say ‘the president said’. I have not received any letter from anywhere. As I said, nobody is bigger than the party. The issue is that, have I resigned? The answer is no. I am the National Secretary of the Party”.
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