Article 10

EXECUTIVE COMMITTEES

1. Subject to the ultimate control exercised by the BOT and the National Convention, and save as otherwise provided for, in this Constitution, each organizational level within the Party shall have Executive Committees in the following order, with the Ward Executive Committee at the lowest level:

a. At the National level, there shall be a National Executive Committee;

b. At the State Level, there shall be at least twenty-four (24) State Executive Committees, one to be established in each of the twenty-four states required by the Electoral Act and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

c. At the Local Government Area Level, at least three Local Government Areas within a state, one in each Senatorial Zone of a state shall each have a Local Government Executive Committee in the first twelve years of the Party’s existence considered as the growing years of the Party. Thereafter, it shall be mandatory for the Party to have LGAECs in at least two-thirds of the Local Government Areas in each of at least 24 states of the Federation.

d. At the Ward Level, at least two Wards within a local government area shall each have a Ward Executive Committee in the first twelve years of the Party’s existence considered the growing years of the Party. Thereafter, it shall be mandatory for the Party to have WECs in at least one-third of the Wards in a Local Government Area.

2. The National Executive Committee shall have the function of overseeing, directing and coordinating the policies, organization and affairs and activities of the Party at the National level; the National Secretariat shall be the administrative arm and it shall support the work of all its Sub-Committees.

3. The State Executive Committees shall have the function of overseeing, directing and coordinating the policies, organization and affairs and activities of the Party at the State level; the State Secretariat shall be the administrative arm and it shall support the work of all its Sub-Committees.

4. The Local Government Area Executive Committees shall have the function of overseeing, directing and coordinating the policies, organization and affairs and activities of the Party at the Local level; the Local Government Secretariat shall be the administrative arm and it shall support the work of all its Sub-Committees.

5. The Ward Executive Committees shall have the function of overseeing, directing and coordinating the policies, organization and affairs and activities of the Party at the ward level; the Ward Secretariat shall be the administrative arm and it shall support the work of all its Sub-Committees.

Duties and Powers of the NEC
National Executive Committee
6. The NEC shall have the following powers and functions:
a. Summon or convene the National Convention and prepare its agenda;

b. Develop, Formulate and publicize Party policies for circulation, and submission to the National Convention of policy papers, including other policy options, in cases where consultation with members on a particular policy has revealed substantial disagreement within the Party. Policy papers shall normally be preceded by consultation papers which shall set out policy options subject to the ratification and directive of the BOT to that effect;

c. Discharge and implement the decisions of the National Convention and/or the BOT;

d. Supervise the preparation, revision and publication of the Party Manifesto, setting out Party policies in relation to the principal issues of the day;

e. Be responsible for the establishment and control of the publication of Party periodicals;

f. Constitute State, Local, and Ward Executive Committees in acting capacity pending confirmation officers so appointed by the BOT or the convocation of respective State, LG and Ward congresses.

g. Perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the BOT.

State Executive Committee
7. Each SEC shall have within its State, and shall work together with SECs in other States, subject to amendment by the National Convention, to exercise the following powers:
a. Summon or convene the State Congress and prepare its agenda

b. Discharge and implement the decisions of the National Convention, NEC, State Congress and/or the BOT

c. Perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the BOT and NEC

8. Each SEC shall participate in fundraising activities for the Party, in coordination and collaboration with the NEC, and shall allocate no more than 10% of funds raised at the State level to the National Executive Committee.

Local Government Area Executive Committees
9. Each LGAEC shall have within its LGA and shall work together with LGAECs in other LGAs, subject to amendment by the National Convention, to exercise the following powers:
a. Summon or convene the LGA Congress and prepare its agenda.

b. Perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the BOT

10. Each LGAEC shall participate in fundraising activities for the Party, in coordination and collaboration with the SEC, and shall allocate no more than 10% of funds raised at the local government level to the State Executive Committee.

Ward Executive Committees
11. Each WEC shall have within its Ward and shall work together with WECs in other Wards, subject to amendment by the National Convention, to exercise the following powers:
a. Summon or convene the Ward Congress and prepare its agenda

b. Discharge and implement the decisions of the National Convention, NEC, State Congress, LGA Congress, Ward Congress, and/or the BOT

c. Coordinate activities with the LGAEC and local government Secretariat

d. Perform any other duties and responsibilities as may be directed by the BOT

12. Each WEC shall participate in fundraising activities for the Party, in coordination and collaboration with the LGAEC, and shall allocate no more than 10% of funds raised at the ward level to the LGAEC.

COMPOSITION
National Executive Committee
13. The NEC shall consist of:
a. Party Chairperson

b. Party Deputy Chairperson

c. Six (6) Vice Chairpersons, one from each geopolitical zone and one of which shall be elected as the Party Deputy Chairperson
d. National Secretary of the Party

e. National Treasurer

f. National Financial Officer

g. National Public Relations Officer

h. National Legal Advisor

i. National Organising Secretary

j. National Auditor

k. National Youth Caucus Leader;

l. National Women Caucus Leader;

m. National Trade Unionists Caucus Leader;

State Executive Committee
14. Each SEC shall consist of:
a. State Chairperson

b. State Deputy Chairperson

c. State Secretary

d. State Treasurer

e. State Finance Officer

f. State Public Relations Officer

g. State Legal Advisor

h. State Organising Secretary

i. State Auditor

j. State Youth Caucus leader;

k. State Women Caucus leader;

l. State Trade Unionists Caucus leader;

Local Government Area Executive Committee
15. Each LGAEC shall consist of:
a. LGA Chairperson

b. LGA Deputy Chairperson

c. LGA Secretary

d. LGA Finance Officer

e. LGA Treasurer

f. LGA Legal Adviser

g. LGA Organising Secretary

h. LGA Public Relations Officer

i. LGA Auditor

j. LGA Youth Caucus Leader

k. LGA Women Caucus Leader

l. LGA Trade Union Caucus Leader

Ward Executive Committee
16. Each WEC shall consist of:
a. Ward Chairperson

b. Ward Deputy Chairperson

c. Ward Secretary

d. Ward Finance Officer

e. Ward Treasurer

f. Ward Organising Secretary

g. Ward Public Relations Officer

h. Ward Auditor

j. Ward Youth Caucus leader

k. Ward Women Caucus leader

l. Ward Trade Union Caucus leader

Meetings
17. The NEC shall meet as at when due every year, at such time and place as it decides: Provided that, upon receipt of a written request for a meeting by a member of the NEC, the National Secretary shall summon a meeting, to take place not more than one month of the receipt of that request. Emergency meetings shall be held within 24 hours of it being summoned by the Party chairperson or requested for in writing by a member of the NEC stating the reason(s) why if such a meeting is not held could be a threat to the interest and wellbeing of the Party. An emergency meeting request by a NEC member other than the Party chairperson can only be turned down by two-thirds of NEC members in writing.

18. The Party Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the Deputy Chairperson shall preside over meetings of the NEC. In the event of the absence of the Party Chairperson, the Deputy Chairperson, and all Vice-Chairpersons, the members present shall, in accordance with the rules and standing orders of the NEC, appoint a person to preside over the meeting.

19. The NEC may make its own rules and standing orders, which shall not contain anything inconsistent with this Constitution. Those rules and standing orders may include provisions enabling the NEC to permit persons who are not members to attend and speak, either at a specified meeting or at its meetings generally, subject to such conditions as the NEC thinks fit.

20. The State, Local Government Area, and Ward Executive Committees shall meet at least Four times every year (that is every quarter), at such time and place as it decides: Provided that, upon receipt of a written request for a meeting, for a stated purpose, signed by one member of the relevant SEC, LGAEC or WEC, the relevant Secretary shall summon a meeting, to take place within two (2) weeks of the receipt of that request.

21. At the State and Local Government Area levels, the relevant Chairperson or, in his or her absence, the relevant Vice-Chairperson, shall preside over meetings of the Executive Committee. In the event of the absence of the Party Chairperson and the Vice-Chairperson, the members present shall, in accordance with their rules and standing orders appoint a person to preside over the meeting.

22. The SECs and LGAECs may make their own rules and standing orders, which shall not be inconsistent with this Constitution. Those rules and standing orders may include provisions enabling them to permit persons who are not members to attend and speak, either at a specified meeting or at its meetings generally, subject to such conditions as they think fit.

Executive Committee Elections
23. In accordance with the provisions of the Electoral Act, the National Secretary shall give the INEC at least twenty-one (21) days written notice of any convention, congress or meeting for the purpose of electing any member of the Executive Committees.

24. The election of members unto the NEC shall be conducted at the National Convention and a Special Convention may be summoned for the purpose of conducting a poll.

25. Notwithstanding the provisions of section 20 of this Article, the BOT shall appoint returning officers for elections unto the NEC; and may make rules for the conduct of elections held under this Article.

26. The process for elections to the NEC shall be as follows:
a. A candidate may propose himself or herself for election to NEC membership or be nominated by another Party member.

b. If there is more than one candidate for any of the positions, a poll shall be held and voting shall be by Voting Delegates appointed to vote at the National Convention.

c. In the event of a poll, the returning officers shall ensure that the votes are counted on the day of the election and the results announced no later than the day after the election.

d. Where no poll is required for a position, the closing day for nominations shall be deemed to be the Election Day and the candidate(s) shall thereupon stand elected.

e. Subject to the provisions of Article 20, all members elected unto the NEC shall have tenure of four (4) years.

f. Upon the expiration of the tenure of members of the NEC, they may be nominated for re-election or new members may be elected at subsequent National Conventions or at Special Conventions duly convened in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

g. Votes in the election to the office of Party Chairperson shall be counted first.

27. The election of members unto the SEC shall be conducted at the State Congress and a Special State Congress may be summoned for the purpose of conducting a poll.

28. The procedure for election to the SEC shall be as follows:
a. Subject to the provisions of Article 20, all members elected unto the SEC shall have tenure of four (4) years.

b. Upon the expiration of the tenure of members of the SEC, they may be nominated for re-election or new members may be elected at subsequent State Congresses or at Special State Congresses duly convened in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

c. All other procedures shall be as set by the NEC

29. The election of members unto the LGAEC shall be conducted at the Local Government Area Congress and a Special Local Government Area Congress may be summoned for the purpose of conducting a poll. Such Special Local Government Area Congress shall be summoned at least one month before the expiration of the term of office in respect of which an election is to be conducted.

30. The procedure for elections to the LGAEC shall be as follows:

a. Subject to the provisions of Article 20, all members elected unto the LGAEC shall have tenure of four (4) years.

b. Upon the expiration of the tenure of members of the LGAEC, they may be nominated for re-election or new members may be elected at subsequent Local Government Area Congresses or at Special Local Government Area Congresses duly convened in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

c. All other guidelines for LGAEC elections shall be as set by the NEC

31. The election of members unto the WEC shall be conducted at the Ward Congress and a Special Ward Congress may be summoned for the purpose of conducting a poll. Such Special Ward Congress shall be summoned at least one month before the expiration of the term of office in respect of which an election is to be conducted.

32. The procedure for elections to the WEC shall be as follows:
a. Subject to the provisions of Article 20, all members elected unto the WEC shall have a tenure of four(4) years.

b. Upon the expiration of the tenure of members of the WEC, they may be nominated for re-election or new members may be elected at subsequent Ward Congresses or at Special Ward Congresses duly convened in accordance with the provisions of this Constitution.

c. All other procedures shall be as set by the NEC