Osinbanjo vs el-Rufai rift, Bayelsa guber crisis, others top agenda
Worried by the multiple crises bedeviling the All Progressives Party, APC, the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has summoned an emergency meeting of the party leaders in Abuja today.
A member of the National Working Committee who spoke on condition of anonymity after Odigie-Oyegun banned them from speaking to the media, said the battle over ministerial list; power rift between the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo and the governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir el-Rufai; Bayelsa primaries crisis and the Bukola Saraki saga, which is feared may lead to disintegration of the party, forced Oyegun to summon the emergency meeting of the National Working Committee, NWC.
The emergency NWC of the APC will precede President Muhammadu Buhari’s submission of the list of the members of the Federal Executive Council to the Senate, Tuesday or Wednesday.
According to our sources, the crisis within the party, especially over the management of the party’s success at the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly and the April 11 Governorship elections, is causing members of the party sleepless nights, as the party is in shambles as well as in helpless situation, as this is affecting the smooth running of governance with Nigerians at the receiving end.
The NWC member also cited the ministerial list that has pitched the party against President Buhari who seems not to be interested in consulting officials of the party in the appointment of the members of the Federal Executive Council and the power rift between the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, former governor of Osun state, Bisi Akande and the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu.
This crisis between the chieftains of APC has stalled the inauguration of the APC’s Board of Trustees, BoT, and even the holding of the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting.
On top of issues listed for discussion at the Monday meeting is the power rift between the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the governor of Kaduna state, Malam Nasir el-Rufai, who is perceived as the ‘unofficial vice president’.
el –Rufai was reported to have made an uncomplimentary remark on the Vice President at a meeting, to which Osinbajo protested and eventually walked out of the said meeting in the presence of President Buhari.
Before he left the meeting, Osinbajo told Buhari pointedly “I am an elected Vice President and would not sit down here and allow a governor to insult me.”
The source said that, APC as a political party is not happy over this development and therefore would not sit down and watch the humiliation of the Vice President and being treated as a puppet.
Further to issues listed for discussion is the feud between Tinubu and the Senate President, Abubakar Bukola Saraki.
The source stated that APC is worried that Tinubu is said to be the mastermind behind the attempt to humiliate Saraki.
According to the APC chieftain that spoke to newsmen, “ Why must there be preferential treatment and separate rules, whereas, Tinubu was acquitted for non compliance with section 3 (D), the chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, is insisting on Dr. Abubakar Saraki standing trial for an issue that the former Lagos state governor was acquitted and the suit struck out.”
Another crisis that the APC’s NWC is billed to discuss is the faceoff between Oyegun and Tinubu.
It was gathered that since the botched attempt by Tinubu to remove Oyegun, both of them have not spoken and it is affecting the smooth running of the affairs of the party, especially as regards the appointment of ministers, holding of APC NEC meeting and other party functions.
It was gathered that the party is worried over the crisis of governance between the governor of Kaduna state, el-Rufai and Senator Shehu Sani, especially as it regards the anti people’s policy of the Kaduna state governor. APC, the source said cannot keep quiet and the fortunes of the party gradually eroded due to the demolition policy of the governor.
Also, the APC NWC is worried over the media war between the Edo state governor, Adams Oshiomhole and the former governor of Bayelsa state, Timi Sylva.
Sylva is still holding on to the claims that he is the winner of the APC governorship primary election held last week in Yenogoa. But the Edo state governor is counter claiming that there was no primary election as thugs hired by the former governor of Bayelsa state disrupted the governorship primary election in Yenogoa.
Another crisis rocking the party is power rift between the Ogun state governor, Ibikunle Amosu and Bola Tinubu over who is to be nominated as a minister representing the state. The crisis is over insistence by Tinubu that Wale Edun who served as a commissioner for finance in Lagos state should be nominated as a minister.
The former president, Olusegun Obasanjo and the Ogun state governor are said to be pushing for former national auditor of PDP, Chief Bode Mustapha as the ministerial nominee.
Sources within the APC further cited the power rift between the immediate former governor of Lagos state, Babatunde Fashola and Tunubu as another source of disturbance and distraction to the apex body of the APC, stating that if not handled with care could cause great distraction to the ruling party.
The APC source said that the attempt by Tinubu to stop Fashola as a ministerial nominee has put a wedge between the two former governors.
According to the APC chieftain, “It seems we have a monster in our hands and if not properly handled, could spell doom for us. It is one of the issues that we are going to handle before darkness comes. It is true that Nigerians voted for APC overwhelmingly, but we must manage this success well before the power struggle therein consumes us.
“There is also the power rift between Governor Ambode and Fashola. The washing of their dirty clothes in the streets will not help good governance in the state that is traditionally seen as APC state since 1999. Something must be done and this is why the Monday’s NWC is crucial to us. To win election is one thing and to settle down to good governance is another,” the top APC member of NWC said.
The APC national chairman had last Friday banned party members from addressing the press to stem the rift within the party.