Confusion As APC NWC, Adamu Bicker

Caleb Ishaya 

Barring any last-minute intervention and caution by the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, especially President Muhammadu Buhari and other notable leaders, crisis would deepen unimaginable in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, as two members of the National Working Committee, NWC, have accused the APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, of name-dropping with President Muhammadu Buhari to blackmail and cow other members of the Committee.

A statement signed yesterday in Abuja, signed by the North West zonal chairman, Malam Salihu Moh Lukman and the South West zonal chairman, Isaac Kekemeke, made available to AljazirahNigeria called on all the leaders of the APC to call Senator Adamu to order before the matter gets out of hand.

“We are compelled to make this statement following the serial postponement of the scheduled National Working Committee, NWC, meetings twice within 48 hours.

We are convinced beyond doubt that this is a deliberate attempt to foist a fait accompli on the NWC on fundamental issues that affect our great party.

“Within just two months in the lifespan of the new leadership of our great party, APC, led by His Excellency, Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, the NWC, organ of the party vested with the power of managing the day-to-day affairs, including implementing decisions of the National Executive Committee, NEC, as provided in Article 13.4 of the APC Constitution, has been rendered redundant.

“The National Chairman takes decisions unilaterally. When it suits him, he invokes the name of our leader, President Buhari to blackmail NWC members into accepting his decisions. Every effort to get the Chairman to respect the authority of the NWC as elected by the March 26, 2022 APC National Convention is proving very difficult, if not impossible. Note that NEC’s donation of its powers was to NWC and not to the National Chairman or any individual”.

The statement asked party leaders to intervene and call the national chairman to order immediately before things get out of hand.

“We therefore have no option but to make this public appeal to all APC leaders to intervene please urgently to call our National Chairman, His Excellency, Abdullahi Adamu to order, immediately.

“The National Chairman must be properly reminded to recognise that the business of managing the day-to-day affairs of the party is the responsibility of the NWC as provided in provisions of the APC Constitution. He is free to consult any party leader(s). Such consultations will not represent decisions of the NWC or any organ of the party unless and until it is adopted by a properly constituted meeting of the NWC or organ in question according to the letters and spirit of the APC constitution.

“As a party, we have suffered enough judicial embarrassments arising from clearly avoidable leadership breach of our party’s constitution and spelt out rules. As members of the NWC who have the mandate of our members, we hereby serve notice to His Excellency, Abdullahi Adamu, and through him to all APC leaders that henceforth, any decision taken by the National Chairman or any other party functionary, which require the approval of the NWC as enshrined in the APC constitution, will be considered as illegitimate and an infringement on the jurisdictional scope of the NWC, unless otherwise confirmed as validly approved decisions of the NWC or any other legitimate organ of the party.

“No NWC member is elected at the March 26, 2022 National Convention to warm seats or offices in the National Secretariat. We therefore call on all our colleagues in the NWC to rise to these challenging situations by joining hands with us to save our great party and return it to its founding mission of moving Nigeria forward based on honest, fair, just and selfless commitment to party building.

It will be recalled that Adamu upon his election, had out rightly asked for the loyalty of members of the NWC. “As for those of you who just received your certificates just like me and members of the working committee, I’ve told you during our first meeting of the committee, I am a team player.

“I am a team player as much as possible. I want to carry everybody along with me.

“But to work with me, not because I’m the best. You have to be loyal. You’re loyal to me; it’s not loyalty to me but loyalty to the party. You have to recognize the authority of the party. In all that we do, the interest of the party is paramount.”

The APC had just overcome a lasting intra-party crisis due to the prolonged chairmanship of Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State.

Recall that the ruling party is about 10 years old, as a coalition of parties that succeeded in wresting power from the former ruling party, the PDP. The party has suffered and survived many crises that caused the party some of their controlled states like Bauchi, Imo and Adamawa, owing to unsettled crisis, that shortened the tenure of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole  the Edo State former governor led National Working Committee that ushered in the Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Committee headed by the Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni who rallied the aggrieved members and even fished more governors to the party, the likes of Governors of Ebony and Cross River and Anambra former deputy governor, many National Assembly members who trooped into the ruling APC.

Having a crisis at this particular period doesn’t augur well with our Party, a party chieftain who accompanied one of the presidential aspirants to screening cautioned, he called on the leadership of the party to urgently intervene to avert a crisis that may affect the fortunes of the party.

He pleaded for anonymity saying that, “Our party doesn’t must avoid any crisis as it is already difficult to market the party to Nigerians owing to glaring challenges, all the promises failed and hardship in almost everyone’s home, he further said that the APC need a candidate that would be acceptable with large following to be able to win power for the party”.

However, as of the time of filing this report, efforts to hear from the NWC chairman or his office were negative as calls put across the Publicity Secretary of the party were not taken or returned.

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