apc-chairmanThe plot by some members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, to unseat the party’s national chairman may have hit the rocks over fears that his sack may trigger possible collapse of the party.
Following the outcome of the election of the leadership of the Senate and the House of Representatives, some power blocks in the APC have been calling for the removal of the national chairman over his handling of the crisis within the party.
The APC had chosen Senator Ahmed Lawan for the Senate President and Femi Gbajabiamila for the Speaker of the House of Representatives through a mock election but the duo were beaten to the plum positions by the Senator Bukola Saraki and Yakubu Dogara with the tacit support of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, lawmakers.
It is believed that Senator Lawan and Gbajabiamila are the anointed candidates of the leader of APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and those that worked against their emergence did so to wither the influence of Tinubu in the party.
Following the success recorded by the anti-Tinubu elements in the APC in the controversial national assembly elections, they are now pushing for the removal of Odigie-Oyegun, who is believed to have been installed by Tinubu, to completely neutralise the former Lagos state governor in the state.
Nigerian Pilot Sunday gathered from a chieftain of the party that members of the party from the South West region are aggrieved over the battle against Tinubu by members of the party from the North.
Tinubu is revered as the leader of the entire South-West zone and his words within the APC in the zone has the force of law.
While the South West APC members are still trying to come to terms on how those Tinubu assisted during the presidential election stabbed him in the back three months after the election, they are already itching to get out of the political marriage with the North over the treatment being meted out to Tinubu.
In the political history of the country the North and South-West are regarded as strange political bedfellows, a jinx that was broken during the last election after Tinubu moved the South-West into the APC.
Our source, who is a ranking member of the APC, said that the straw that will break the camel’s back will be the removal of Odigie-Oyegun “to complete the northern agenda.”
It was gathered that some APC leaders are already aware of the discontent in the South West APC and they are developing cold feet over the plot to remove the national chairman to forestall looming implosion in the party.
Findings revealed that APC’s dilemma is multi-faceted.
Already there is disquiet in the party over the visit of the Senate President, Bukola Saraki to the residence of former President Olusegun Obasanjo in Abeokuta last weekend.
The worry of some leaders of the party is that recent revelations that the Saraki group is working hand-in-glove with former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, may compel Obasanjo to wash his hands of the party.
The calculation in the party, especially among the northern leaders of the party, is that if they should lose the support of Obasanjo and at the same time draw the battle line with Tinubu that, might spell doom for the party in the South-West zone.
Also of concern to APC leaders is possible battle between the two chambers of the National Assembly, especially the Senate, with President Muhammadu Buhari, who gave tacit endorsement to the nominees of APC for the leadership of the National Assembly despite his earlier position that he will be neutral in the contest.
“All these developments are giving APC leaders sleepless nights and removing the National Chairman will only compound the crisis in the party,” he said.