Nigeria News takes a look at the APC and the internal rancour that must be resolved before 2019.
The most significant thing that happened at the National Executive Committee’s meeting of the All Progressives Congress, APC on Monday was that the tenure of its National Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun was elongated.
The NEC also extended the tenures of its state executive. The NEC presided over by President Muhammadu Buhari threw away the call by his national leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu who would have loved Oyegun sacked.
Until the party’s convention, which must come this year unfailingly, Oyegun has garnered more power to wield his sword against members who may want to threaten his authority.
Buhari has learnt so fast the antics in politics and he must have taken this step to save his head. There was information that Tinubu who was designated by the president to reconcile members of the party was using the position to impose his allies.
Tinubu has agenda, no doubt but with the way things are going, APC’s turbulent time is near. The signs are clear by the absence of the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and Speaker of the House of Representatives from the NEC meeting on Monday.
If Tinubu has no plan B, he will be silent for the second time. What I see here, is that there is going to be realignment as Tinubu’s sympathizers, including his wife Senator Oluremi, will be seeking ways to form a bloc.
For Buhari, the party is bigger than individuals and the Nigerian political space with the present administration has witnessed a drastic change, mostly in the area of the anti-corruption campaign, though with some skirmishes.
The era of settlement culture which has been with us for a long time now has been put in abeyance in the last three years and this is one of the key factors for the virulent opposition to the government from known and unknown quarters.
But whether we as a people appreciate this public good and will be able to sustain it after the tenure of this administration is one reality that will confront us in the years ahead.
Going down memory lane, ahead of the 2015 general elections, one was privileged to interact and engage with a number of associations of various leanings and one fact that one learnt in the course of the engagements was that a lot of the elites in the country were very much scared of a Buhari’s presidency because of his pedigree and character and in view of the fact that they never had it so good like they had under former President Goodluck Jonathan who was gentle with the public treasury.
The primary concern of many individuals now is that their bread has not been buttered by the sitting administration and so they are scared of the inevitable.
They will deploy their resources either openly or otherwise to campaign against the government of the day to enable the continuation of the past.
Therefore, when you hear or read via communication channels wild cry from various quarters that President Buhari administration has failed, it may also mean a campaign by looters to return to power.
But the APC strength is growing weaker by the day, which of course is a big factor in the sustainability of the present culture of parsimony.