APC crisis deepens as Rivers faction defies Buhari, continues court case

APC crisis deepens as Rivers faction defies Buhari, continues court case

- Acting APC chair in Rivers, Igo Aguma, has accused a faction in the state of rebelling against President Buhari and the party's national leadership

- Iguma said the faction's decision to continue to pursue a court case against the party despite Buhari's directive is rebellious

- The Rivers APC chair said he has submitted a report to the national caretaker committee on how the crisis in the state can be resolved

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Despite President Muhammadu Buhari's intervention, the crisis rocking the ruling APC is far from being over, especially at the Rivers state chapter of the party.

Against the president's directive that all party members should withdraw pending litigations, a faction of the Rivers APC led by Sokonte Davies is still pursuing a court case against the party.

The Nation reports that the acting chairman of the APC in Rivers state, Igo Aguma, accused the faction of rebelling against President Buhari and the caretaker committee led by Governor Mai Bala Buni of Yobe state.

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President Buhari and other APC leaders at the recently convened emergency NEC meeting. Photo credit: Femi Adesina
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"It is an affront and highly rebellious for Davies and his splinter group to continue to dare the court, President Buhari and the national caretaker committee by taking further divisive steps to destroy APC in Rivers state,” he said.

Aguma in a statement on Sunday, July 12, said he had submitted a report to the caretaker committee on the party’s activities.

He said, among other things, the report recommended setting up an independent committee to address the crisis in the Rivers APC and restore peace.

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Meanwhile, a report by Daily Trust indicates that Governor Rotimi Akeredolu seems to be the favoured candidate of the presidency ahead of the APC governorship primary election in Ondo state.

According to the report, not only has Governor Akeredolu been favoured, the purported disqualification of Segun Abraham is an indication that the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has been dumped by the presidency.

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Tinubu is said to be backing Abraham for the APC ticket as he did in 2016.

Although he is yet to openly declare support for Abraham this time, the Tinubu camp is said to be shocked by the disqualification of their preferred candidate, Abraham.

The Tijani Tumsa–led screening committee had on Friday, July 9 announced the disqualification of one the contenders. No name was mentioned but sources in the party said it was Abraham.

Sources quoted in the report said the presence of President Muhammadu Buhari in Ondo state earlier this year to commission Ondo-Linyi Industrial Hub and Flyover Interchange was a tacit endorsement of Akeredolu.

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