Nigeria News: APC’s Own Goal
Nigeria News takes a look at the crisis within APC.
The aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are bent in scoring own goal against the party and if this eventually happens, the main opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may be the one to jubilate in 2019.
The plots by some state governors on the platform of APC to remove the party’s National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole a few months to the presidential election may turn out to become their undoing.
It looks like their plan A, using the Department of State Service, DSS to torment Oshiomhole has failed since the former Governor of Edo State arrived from abroad. Twice, the DSS grilled him before he travelled.
He was alleged through a petition by the aggrieved governors of taking bribes from aspirants during the party’s nationwide Primaries. He denied the allegation and left the country.
He also refuted the story that he ran away from a further grilling by DSS and challenged the agency to provide evidence of the bribery allegation against him.
But since he came back, the issue of bribery had fizzled out but the aggrieved governors have not relented in their plans to sink Oshiomhole.
The APC national chairman is looking at the war against him beyond his party as he has accused Senate President Bukola Saraki of the PDP of sponsoring some APC members to bring him down from the chairmanship seat.
It is a war within and it is more intense against Oshiomhole from those who are closer to President Muhammadu Buhari.
The primaries had come and gone but the crisis it created lingers. To the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the crisis in the party was expected because the elections of candidates were keenly contested.
Those who had planned to impose their candidates failed against the wish of the masses and so they became angry.
The former Lagos State Governor commended Oshiomhole for using the direct Primaries across the 36 states, saying that the method has fortified democracy.
The direct primary is new to many of the party members but it is a joker that had long been perfected before Oshiomhole emerged as the APC national chairman.
It was Tinubu’s logic, which was used in Lagos to stop the state Governor, Akinwunmi Ambode from contesting for the second term.
One would have expected the former national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to say some positive words to douse the tension in the party now, rather the man had been silent.
Except when he spoke at a forum in Abuja during the week in which he said that the present leaders in the country might pay for the consequences of impunity that they had sown in the country.
He sued for peace in the coming election, urging Nigerians to go out and exercise their voting rights to choose their leaders.
But according to Tinubu, the recent party primary was not a tea party in which aspirants would come out to hug themselves and throw banters.
He maintained that many of the party bigwigs did not support the direct primary and were bent on protesting against the outcome even before the exercise.
So, we expect that the crisis will come but there is always an internal mechanism to resolve it.
On this ground, the PDP is more relaxed, waiting for APC to score a goal against itself so that it could capitalise on that to win in 2019.
In a few days, the campaign will begin but the APC has not put its house in order, instead, some of the aggrieved members are bent on removing their chairman.
If this is not quickly addressed, the crisis may lead to chaos that Buhari himself may not be able to handle.
These aggrieved elements will not quit the party, they will fight to destroy the structure and create a dent that Buhari will live with forever.