Tensions Rise Within APC Amidst Selection of New National Officials
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is currently facing the possibility of an impending crisis, sparked by the appointment of individuals to fill vacant roles within the National Working Committee (NWC) and the zonal leadership of the party.
During a media briefing, Ajibola Basiru, the National Secretary of the party, revealed the outcomes of the NWC meeting held at the APC National Secretariat, which included the selection of the new officials.
Ali Bukar Dalori of Borno State has been chosen as the deputy national chairman for the North (North East Zone), taking over from Abubakar Kyari, the Minister of Agriculture. Additionally, Garba Datti Muhammad from Kaduna State will succeed Salihu Moh Lukman as the national vice chairman for the North West (North West).
The NWC also opted for Abdul Karim Abubakar Kana from Nasarawa State for the position of national legal adviser, filling the vacancy left by his predecessor’s resignation. Donatus Nwankpa of Abia State is set to become the new national welfare secretary for the South East Zone, succeeding the late Friday Nwosu. Mary Alile Idele, hailing from Edo State, emerged as the national women leader for the South-South.
Duro Meseko of Kogi State will assume the role of deputy national publicity secretary for the North Central Zone, succeeding Yakubu Ajaka. Likewise, Ikani Shuaibu Okolo, also from Kogi State, will take on the position of zonal organizing secretary for the North Central.
However, the announcement of the selected officers from Abia, Kogi, and Cross River States appears to have the potential to ignite an undesirable conflict within the party.
Reportedly, as per Daily Sun, figures within the party, including Minister of Humanitarian Affairs Beta Edu, who had earlier endorsed Dr. Stella Odey-Ekpo, appear to have lost to Adams Oshiomhole’s favored candidate. Similarly, Governor Yahaya Bello’s candidate failed to secure the position of deputy national publicity secretary, with James Faleke’s nominee emerging victorious.
In the case of Abia State, allegations are circulating that the recommended candidates of Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives Benjamin Kalu and State Chairman Ikechi Emenike were both defeated by Governor Hope Uzodimma’s chosen candidate.
The aftermath of these outcomes led to the former woman leader, Edu, reportedly making a protest at the national secretariat around 6:20 pm. This protest stemmed from the removal of her candidate, who had seemingly already begun assuming their duties.