Unic Press UK: A major crisis is brewing within the All Progressives Congress (APC), because a meeting yesterday between President Muhammadu Buhari and the governors’ elected under the party had ended in acrimony and without a consensus on the tenure elongation saga, our Abuja sources have said.
The decision on 27 February 2018 by the National Executive Committee of the APC to extend the tenure of the current National Working Committee cum the tenure of the State Working Committee, Local Government Area Executive Committee and Ward Executive Committee, was initially accepted by President Buhari until many party stalwarts, including one of its notable chieftains Bola Tinubu weighed in, challenging the decision of the National Executive Committee, culminating in Buhari insisting that the decision to extend the tenure of party officials be reversed by the National Executive Committee.
Apart from the tenure saga, which is already a matter before a Federal High Court in Abuja, Bola Tinubu and the current national chairman of the party John Odigie-Oyegun have been at loggerheads.
On September 2016, Tinubu had demanded the resignation of Odigie-Oyegun, claiming that the party chair had been engaging in actions that are unbecoming of a true progressive. On February 2018, Tinubu, who currently heads the party’s National Reconciliation Committee, wrote a diatribe ‘Actions And Conduct Weakening The Party From Within’, which he sent to President Muhammadu Buhari, the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Bukola Saraki and the House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara, accusing Odigie-Oyegun of sabotaging the reconciliation efforts.
“… you apparently seek to undermine my mandate by engaging in dilatory tactics for the most part. When forced to act, you do so in an arbitrary and capricious manner, without the counsel of other NWC members and without regard to our internal procedures… You have a moral and professional obligation as the party chairman to act in the party’s best interests. Your hurried and unilateral actions belie the important agency you hold for the party,” Tinubu said in his letter.