National Caucus Committee meeting of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, today will determine whether or not the party can resolve its internal wrangling and give Nigerians the desired positive change the party preached during the electioneering period.
Nigerian Pilot gathered that already, the party had so many issues to contend with and if not properly handled, the party might be torn apart.
The party’s caucus would first determine the fate of its national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, as some members of the party are calling on the Edo-born politician to resign orface shameful exit from the highest party seat.
Odigie-Oyegun has been accused of failing to stop the Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara political gimmicks leading to their emergence as Senate president and speaker of the House of Assemble respectively, against the party’s preferred choices of Ahmed Lawan and Femi Gbajabiamila.
It was gathered that most of the APC governors, some members of the National Working Committee, NWC, and party elders are unhappy that Odigie-Oyegun allowed the crisis to fester, most especially when he (Odigie-Oyegun) again delayed in sending the list of APC nominees for principal offices in the Senate and the House, leading to the emergence of Senator Ali Ndume as the majority leader, also against the party’s wish.
As it is now, the party leaders are divided on whether to retain Oyegun or dump him.
The National Assembly crisis is already shaking the party and some party leaders have accused Oyegun of being indecisive or afraid to take the right decision, and that he has no backbone or self-respect.
“When he should move, he sits down. When he should talk, he is mute. When he should make a decision, he sleeps and after finally making a decision, he takes days to implement something that could be done in minutes.”
Another issue the party caucus will have to resolve is how to reconcile Senate President Saraki with President Mohammadu Buhari, whom Nigerian Pilot learnt are not on speaking terms since the former’s emergence as number three citizen on June 9.
Consequently, the Buhari-Saraki beef is taking its toll on executive-legislature relations.
Nigerian Pilot gathered authoritatively that although President Buhari had claimed to work with anybody who emerged leaders of both upper and lower legislative chambers, he was more disposed to working with Senator Ahmad Lawan as Senate president.
The reason, according to our sources, is simple, that Buhari preferred Lawan who was never a member of PDP, and probably shared in his (Buhari’s) vision in the days of Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, one of the political parties that came together with others to form the current APC.
Besides, Lawan hails from the North-East, which has put up a strong argument that they have been marginalised in northern Nigeria politics for long, and therefore sees the current opportunity to produce the Senate president, which they were denied.