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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

APC CRISES: TODAY IS D-DAY IN KOGI, ONDO, DELTA

The unfolding crisis in All Progressives Congress, APC, is set to deepen from today as factional crises that have bestirred the national and many state chapters are reignited in at least three states.

The three states where the crises are expected to be further fuelled are Kogi, Delta and Ondo. The crises in all three states are centred on the emergence of governorship flagbearers, and an acceptable state executive. However, in all three, hues of the crises that have polarised the party into factions are being manifested.

In Kogi State, the expected Supreme Court judgment on the validity of the election of Alhaji Yahaya Bello as governor of the state is expected to compound the crisis thrown up after Bello, who took second place in the APC governorship primaries, emerged to take up the party ticket, following the death of the winner, Prince Abubakar Audu, in the midst of the election.

A member of House of Representatives, James Faleke, who was Audu's running mate in the election, had rejected the decision of the national secretariat to appoint Bello as Audu's replacement and had gone to court to challenge the party's decision. He was backed by Audu's son, Mohammed Audu, who he, Faleke, had appointed as his running mate before the national party appointed Bello.

Faleke, currently representing Ikeja Federal Constituency, Lagos State, in the House of Representatives, is generally believed to be an acolyte of national party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, while Bello is generally regarded as an acolyte of President Muhammadu Buhari. Bello had served as a coordinator for Buhari prior to his emergence as presidential candidate of the APC in 2014.

Following the death of Audu last November in the process of the election, Buhari's inner circle had backed Bello as the legal successor to the ticket held by Audu, a decision contested by the Tinubu bloc within the party who subsequently went to court. Bello won the contest at the tribunal and at Court of Appeal levels. Today's judgment, Vanguard learned, is expected to throw the party into deeper crisis unless superior wisdom is brought to bear.

A similar face off between the Buhari and Tinubu forces is also playing out in Ondo State after allies of the President allegedly clubbed together to outsmart Segun Abraham, Tinubu's alleged choice for the governorship ticket for the election due in November.

Akeredolu, who emerged as winner of the primaries, according to multiple sources, is supported by a committee of friends in the Presidency that had two former governors from the South-West once aligned to Tinubu but now serving as ministers, and a North-West governor close to the president.

The chairman of the Akeredolu Committee of Friends is a minister from the North-East and supposedly one of the closest ministers to the President.

Also today, the 24-hour notice given by the South-South zonal leadership to the party's elders in Delta State to retract their decision to form a state caretaker committee is expected to expire.

The elders are, however, unmoving and are today, asking the national vice-chairman, South-South, Prince Hillard Eta, to resign for supposedly upholding the Prophet Erue Jones state executive which was declared illegal by a High Court in Asaba, Delta State in April, 2015.

Source: vanguardngr

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