Whither APC?

 In 2013, the PDP galloped from one crisis to another until it imploded and lost power at the centre in 2015. The APC appears to be toeing the same path. Since the party cruised to power, it has been embroiled in tremulous wrangling.

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Soon after the APC breasted victory in 2015, the two ‘’organic’’ political parties in the union – the ACN and CPC – sparred, though they become united when sharing the spoils of war and in dealing a discriminatory hand to the disgruntled immigrants from the PDP.

In July 2018, John Odigie Oyegun was removed as the national chairman of the APC. Months before his removal, there were protests for his sack.

He was accused of imposing candidates ‘’at all levels’’ on the party; of violating the party’s constitution; of working against Buhari; of being highhanded and of being responsible for the leadership chasm in the national assembly.

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But are some of these not the same allegations hanging on the neck of Adams Oshiomhole – the embattled chairman of the APC? Just as some APC governors worked actively for Oyegun’s removal at the time; the current governors are also mobilising resources against Oshiomhole.

There have been protests for his sack as well, and even some leaders of the party have publicly asked him to resign.

In January, Mustapha Salihu, APC deputy national chairman north-east, said Oshiomhole should not be regarded as chairman since he was suspended by his state chapter of the party.

He said this while speaking with journalists at the end of the national working committee meeting of the party.

In February, the Progressive Governors Forum ridiculed Oshiomhole in a leaked memo. It said the party can no longer win elections under him.

 

It said: “Perceived weaknesses of the Chief John Odigie-Oyegun-led NWC served as the justification of electing Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as replacement to Chief Oyegun.

Sadly, challenges of internal democracy and fair competitive practices during candidates’ selection processes in the party remained a dream.

Now, clearly the problems associated with candidates’ selection process have produced what can be regarded as an electoral college. Citizens can vote but our supreme court will eventually determine the winner.

All as a result of very poor management of candidates’ selection process by our party…The crisis in the party is clearly getting worse and worse by the day.

It has gotten to a stage whereby the competence of members of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC to provide needed leadership to ensure victory in every election has been eroded.’’

As a matter of fact, it appears the only seal in the crack of the APC at the moment is Buhari, and by 2023 when he leaves office it will give way to a big gush. The APC crisis can only get worse. The party was never meant to be.

 

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