The crisis shaking the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, seems not to be nearing any end soon.
President Muhammadu Buhari had a couple of days ago reportedly supported the removal of Mai Mala Buni as the Chairman of the APC Caretaker Committee and requested Governor Bello Sani of Niger State to take over the affairs of the party.
The decision of the President to mediate in the issues of the party has set off responses that threaten the planned national convention.
Rather than members from the party to move in, the tussle inside the party has escalated. Last week, Governor Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State referred to some APC governors as “yahoo yahoo”, while Buni and Bello have been taking part in power tussles.
Governor Nasir El-rufai had additionally asserted that the President had endorsed the removal of Buni and claimed that the Yobe State governor was a victim of specific people inside the party.
El-rufai, while talking on Politics Today on Channels TV, said the Buni-led panel had gotten a court request banning it from carrying out the convention, but refused to make the order public.
Further, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had dismissed the notification of NEC meeting of the party, except if Buni signs the letter of notice.
El-rufai additionally asserted the President had provided the governors with the name of the preferred candidate for the place of National Chairman and the man is from North Central. As per a few sources, the previous Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu is the choice of the President.
Tanko Almakura, likewise a former governor of Nasarawa State, and a competitor for the place of National Chairman, has refused to back down for Buhari’s choice.
Amidst this crisis, President Buhari in an articulation by his Senior Special Adviser on Media and publicity, Garba Shehu, stirred the nest, when he said the APC is floating towards the way of the PDP, a party he said failed for 16years and furthermore failed in opposition.
Austin Okai, a member from the PDP, flayed the President for the remark, noting that the PDP has had the option to continuously resolve its crisis since it has an internal conflict resolution mechanism.
Okai said: “The man (Buhari) is clueless about the situation in the country. What is the direction for that statement? We have been able to manage our crisis. We have held several conventions. Is the President not aware that Buni is receiving salaries as Governor and party head. Your ability to manage misunderstandings is what distinguishes you.”
How PDP has been able to deal with its crisis and the methodology of the APC in conflict resolution::
The PDP has had 16 National Chairpersons between 1998 till date. While in power, the party had 10 chairmen in 17years (1998 when the party was framed to 2015 when it missed out).
During PDP’s stay in power, presidents played prominent roles in the arrangement and expulsion of Chairmen from office. Audu Ogbe was reported to have been asked to leave by President Obasanjo. in all, Obasanjo used 4 chairpersons in 8years.
The tenure of President Goodluck Jonathan saw the phenomenal turnover of Chairmen; Vincent Ogbulafor, Okwesilieze Nwodo, Haliru Mohammed, Bamangar Tukur and Adamu Muazu.
While the APC in 8years of presence, has had five National Chairmen, Bisi Akande, John Oyegun, Adams Oshiomole, Buni and Bello. All were forced out, except Bisi Akande.
Recent internal strife in both parties…
Since becoming the opposition in 2015, the PDP has had two major crisis at the public level: Alimodu Sheriff and Uche Secondus.
The concise stretch of former governor Sheriff nearly made the party crumble in the aftermath of the 2015 political election.
Sheriff, who was welcomed by the PDP to assist with modifying the party after the loss at the poll in 2015, soon had a fallout with the PDP governors.
It took the decision of the Supreme Court in 2017 to finally remove Sheriff as the Chairman of the Party. He had moved toward the court to ask that Sen Ahmed Makarfi’s election at the Port Harcourt convention be nullified.
One more crisis that shook the party was with respect to Uche Secondus. The former Chairman had aa fallout with his erstwhile benefactor, Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State.
After his (Secondus) suspension by his ward, the party wasengulfed in crisis, and legal action threatened the planned convention of the party.
The governors of the party needed to unite to conduct a convention. Many have hailed the PDP’s ability to resolve internal strife, an ability the APC seems to lack
APC and reluctant Buhari
The first substantive chairman of the APC, John Oyegun was forced out of the party after falling out with Bola Tinubu over the governorship primaries that produced Rotimi Akeredolu of Ondo State.
In a strongly-worded statement, Tinubu said “Oyegun and his ilk turn out to be gangsters adorned in the tunic of party authority.”
He accused Oyegun of planning to return the APC to the trenches.
Although he stayed till the end of his tenure in 2018, he could not seek re-election and was subsequently replaced by Adams Oshiomhole.
Mr Oshimhole had a turbulent time as the Chairman of the Party. In the 2019 general election, he lost 4 states to the PDP, Oyo, Adamawa, Bauchi and Zamfara State. The court barred the APC from contesting in Rivers State.
The former Edo State governor was at loggerheads with Rochas Okorocha of Imo, AbdulAziz Yari and Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun, all had plans to replace themselves with anointed successors.
Oshiomole met his waterloo when he attempted to prevent his State Governor, Godwin Obaseki from getting a second term ticket.
He was suspended by his ward, therefore, forced out of the Chair. President Buhari’s intervention produced Buni.
Mr Buni was given the mandate to hold a convention in 6 months after his appointment; 2years after, he has been unable to do so.
The inability of the President to react swiftly enough has been blamed for the state of affairs of the party.
The question that remains: will the president be able to call members of his party to order amidst the ambitions of major members of the party?
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