With the election of 2023 looming, there is a lot of uncertainty. Ejes Gist Newspaper has compiled major events that may sink the All Progressive Congress.
Keep in mind that Nasir El-Rufai, the governor of Kaduna State, publicly admitted last week that the All Progressives Congress (APC) Governors were split over important issues like zoning and the date for the Party’s national convention ahead of the 2023 election.
El-Rufai, speaking to the press after the APC Governors met with President Muhammadu Buhari at the Aso Villa, said they are now on the same page.
“We were split on when the convention should take place. Some governors believe the convention should be postponed until all of the congresses’ issues in some states are resolved. Because these issues are even being litigated in some states.”
“So some governors held the opinion that we should wait until all of these issues are resolved, and this was not based on any agenda or self-interest, but rather on a realistic opposition to avoid violating any laws or putting our party structures or elected candidates in jeopardy in the future.”
“However, after our meeting last night to discuss the national caretaker committee’s proposal and today’s briefing with the president, we are all on the same page,” he said.
This analysis looks at the crises in Kano, Osun, Imo, Rivers, Kwara, Oyo, Ekiti, Zamfara, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Kebbi, and other states that must be resolved before the convention and election in 2023.
Rochas Okorocha vs Uzodinma
Governor Hope Uzodinma and his predecessor, Rochas Okorocha, have divided APC members’ loyalty.
Not only do these two groups have the main figures, but they also have two separate party chairmen.
The Uzodinma-led faction, for example, had already made plans for the Convention, whereas the Okorocha camp, which includes former and current members of national and state legislatures, is devising a different strategy.
Magnus Abe and Amaechi Saga
The Rivers State APC is split into two factions, one loyal to Transportation Minister Rotimi Amaechi and the other to Senator Magnus Abe.
The national leadership has recognised Senator Amaechi’s faction, but not Senator Abe’s.
If the party holds its national convention without first resolving the differences between the two camps, it will cause confusion.
The Controversial Omodewu’s leadership in Oyo APC
The formation of a new state executive committee in the APC in Oyo has further divided the party.
Furthermore, the party’s congresses at the ward, local government, and state levels polarised the party even more.
While some members, led by late Governor Adebayo Alao-Akala, applauded the election of Isaac Omodewu as Chairman, others, including state leaders, denounced the process, calling it a kangaroo state congress.
Meanwhile, Alao-untimely Akala’s death has shifted political calculations and contests in Oyo for the party’s soul.
Buhari’s Aregbesola vs Oyetola
The crisis between former Governor Rauf Aregbesola and his successor, Governor Adegboyega Oyetola, in Osun APC may not be resolved anytime soon.
Following Oyetola’s victory in the 2018 governorship election, their relationship has deteriorated. Attempts to resolve the crisis by a former National Chairman of the party and former governor of the state, Chief Adebisi Akande, were fruitless.
However, Aregbesola’s recent outburst in Ilesa, where he is the Minister of Interior, revealed that Oyetola may be a victim of circumstance. Despite the fact that Oyetola has won,
Many people believe that the state’s primaries against Aregbesola’s candidate will not end the crisis.
Kano State Governor, Ganduje vs Shekarau
The Appeal Court in Abuja’s decision to overturn a lower court’s decision in favour of Governor Abdullahi Ganduje’s APC faction has exacerbated the crisis in Kano.
Sen Ibrahim Shekarau’s supporters have vowed to take the matter to the Supreme Court, effectively ending any hope of a quick resolution to the intra-party crisis. Ganduje now has control of the APC in the state, according to the Court of Appeal.
The Court of Appeal overturned a decision by the Federal Capital Territory’s High Court that declared the state’s ward and local government congresses invalid.
The lower court had ruled in a lawsuit brought by a Shekarau-led faction of the party, which had held parallel congresses. The plaintiffs’ congresses were also declared valid by the court. The APC is expected to face a bigger problem if the legal issues in Kano are not resolved.
Buhari’s Minister, Lai Mohammed and Governor AbdulRazaq
After the Otoge revolt toppled Saraki’s hegemony in the state, the APC in Kwara has not experienced peace.
The incumbent Governor, Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq, and Minister of Information, Lai Mohammed, are essentially fighting for the party’s soul.
The recent election of Prince Sunday Fagbemi, a long-time friend of Governor AbdulRazaq, as the new APC chairman in Kwara State, has further agitated the party.
Since then, the supporters of Lai Mohammed have taken the leadership dispute to court. All reconciliation efforts in Kwara have hit a brick wall, so there is no hope of bringing APC members together before the convention.
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