The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has been facing trying times as calls for the National Chairman of the Party, Adams Oshiomhole, to step down continue to gain momentum with some bigwigs in the party.
The in-house crisis is threatening to divide the party as, frantic efforts made by certain members of the party to put an end to the problem and stop it from growing any further seems not to be yielding the required results.
The situation continues to escalate to the extent that reports from the NEW TELEGRAPH have it that, State Governors in the fold of the party have formed opposing groups to either sack the National Chairman or retain him in office.
The magnitude of the crisis, which had been brewing for some time, became evident after a Deputy National Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, wrote a letter to Oshiomhole asking him to step aside from piloting the affairs of the party.
As if that was not enough, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, who was the predecessor of Oshiomhole as APC National Chairman, had as well accused Oshiomhole of disconcerting party members with organising fraudulent primaries.
One of the Governors of the APC who is said to be against the call for Oshiomhole to step aside is Governor of Kaduna State, Nasir El-Rufai.
There have been a similar move made by State Chairmen of the APC as they have reportedly passed a vote of confidence on Oshiomhole. Some of them who spoke anonymously to NEW TELEGRAPH, had opened up that they made the move in order to save the party from disintegration.
This move it has been said will leave the State Governors with no choice than to toe their line, as one of them was quoted to have said: “Yes, the Forum of the APC State chairmen on Thursday gave Oshiomhole a vote of confidence. We did what we should do. You know that the Deputy National Chairman (North), Senator Lawal Shuaibu is calling for Oshiomhole’s resignation. “And no doubt, the issue has divided the governors of the APC and the state party chairmen. Even members of the National Assembly are divided over the call. So, we had to save the party with our action”.
But then, this expectation may not be yielding fruition anytime soon as Governor El-Rufai of Kaduna State along with his Kano State counterpart Abdullahi Ganduje are entrenched in their quest to ensure that Oshiomhole continues as National Chairman of the party, while Governors Rotimi Akeredolu, Yahaya Bello and Godwin Obaseki of Ondo, Kogi and Edo States respectively, are rooting for the ouster of Oshiomhole. This has caused a huge divide among members of the party nationwide.
Also, some of the Governors on the platform of the party, are said to be indifferent but are sure to take sides eventually. It has however been revealed that there are plans by the Progressives Governors Forum to meet so that the crisis can be addressed, although this is yet to be confirmed by the new chairman of the forum, Atiku Bagudu.
One thing that is however going to play a pertinent role in whether Oshiomhole will continue as National Chairman of the party or not is how the leadership of the Senate will turn out to be. This is because, the APC caucus in both chambers of the National Assembly will have to give their own input on the crisis which is terribly affecting the party.
The danger however is that there is still bound to be disagreements when everyone gives their opinion on the issue as there are interests to be served as well as grievances to be tackled. So good management skills will have to be employed to ensure that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is steered away from these tumultuous happenings which is threatening the livelihood of the party itself.
As was reported by NEW TELEGRAPH, one of the state chairman alluded to this fact as he had this to say:
“When the National Assembly is properly constituted, the APC caucus in the Upper and Lower chambers would also have a voice over the crisis in the party, just like the state chairmen have done.
“There is no way all stakeholders will agree on a particular issue but you know that the states chairmen are the pillars of the party. We have done what we think is in the best interest of the party.
The state chairman also said that all the issues tabled by former National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Deputy National Chairman of the party Lawal Shuaibu, will have to be looked into by the party to ensure that more problems are not created.
Meanwhile, the Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has made an appeal to the National Leader of the APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the President, Muhammadu Buhari to mediate in the crisis in order to save the party.
It is especially important now as the division among the state Governors in the fold of the party is a very bad omen and leaves the party in a dangerous situation.
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