During the Emergency Virtual meeting of the National Executive Committee of the governing All Progressives Congress, President Muhammadu Buhari enabled the dissolution of the party’s National Working Committee. This decision was approved by the party’s National Executive council, thus fuelling the raging feud that is brewing in the APC.
It is said that this power play renders useless the widely speculated 2023 presidential ambition of former Lagos State governor, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Seeing as the President has chosen to side with Tinubu’s opponents in the raging feud over the control of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The party division developed with the suspension of the embattled former APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole. Consequently, 18 members of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) appointed Abiola Ajimobi, as the acting chairperson of the ruling party. However former deputy national secretary of the party, Giadom, insists he is the rightful acting chairman of the party based on a court order.
The NWC later declared Giadom’s seat as deputy national secretary vacant and on Monday swore in Worgu Boms as his replacement. In a shocking turn of events, the President through one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu, declared that “the law was on the side” of Mr Giadom. Shortly after, President Muhammadu Buhari dissolved the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress. This was announced during the ongoing National Executive Committee meeting of the party at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.
Reacting to this executive order, APC Chieftains and Tinubu’s cronies have appealed to the President to correct the supposed “impasse”, going as far as alleging that the President was either “offered wrong advice or blackmailed” into making the decision. This faction led by Acting National Chairman, Ntufam Eta, described the National Executive Convention convened by Giadom and attended by Buhari as “illegal and unconstitutional”. Hence, their reasons for boycotting the meeting was to prevent the embracing of illegalities and turning a blind eye to infractions in the APC constitution.
These developments have drawn reactions from Nigerians, political enthusiasts and rival parties alike.
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