- The ruling All Progressives Congress is currently going through stormy waters
- This is as various power blocs within the party battle to take over the key structures of the APC
- Reports say the Congress for Progressives Change within the party is having the upper hand already
A report by ThisDay indicates that a new power bloc has emerged in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
According to the report, the recent dissolution of states’ executive structures of the APC seemed like a hijack of the party structures and an indication that the battle for the 2023 elections would be stormy.
The report stated that the dissolved executive committees had their allegiance to the sacked APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, and his dissolved National Working Committee (NWC).
To that extent, the former governor of Lagos state and national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, has also been sidelined with Oshiomhole being his key ally.
Even with the title ‘national leader,’ Tinubu is not a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), where high-wire politics is played and decisions are taken.
Therefore, to dissolve the former executive committees was to sweep off the remaining part of the old structure. This will enable the enthroning of a new order.
APC as an association of some legacy political parties, including the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC), and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) seems to be one-sided at the moment.
In the ensuing political power struggle, the CPC seemed to have outsmarted other members of the legacy parties.
There is also the new PDP members in the APC who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC in 2014, but only the minister of transportation, Chibuike Amaechi is the notable member of the group remaining in the APC as the rest have since gone back to the PDP.
They include former Senate president; Bukola Saraki, former vice president; Atiku Abubakar, and former Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal.
To achieve their aim, the CPC bloc planned the emergency NEC meeting to exclude the national caucus of the party. Tinubu and his loyalists like Chief Bisi Akande are members of caucus.
Some Nigerians have been commenting on the fate of Tinubu in the APC ahead of the 2023 presidential election as the former Lagos state governor is said to have his eyes on occupying Aso Rock.
Dele Credible wrote on Twitter:
“It’s what Buhari and co have in store for Tinubu and co that I’m really looking forward to in 2023.”
Matthew wrote on Nairaland:
“The problem now is that all of these people ain’t even concerned about all that’s going on in the country at the moment. They all focusing on 2023. And the sad part is that those that want to come and steal in 2023 are even more than those that are currently stealing.”
Miles Maxwell wrote:
“APC is just causing confusion in the country. God help us.”
“My only worry is that the Buhari administration has sent Nigeria back to the time far back to 1981. The next administration will definitely have a lot of problems because of the damage Buhari has done to this great country.”
Meanwhile, the caretaker chairman of the APC in Lagos state, Mr. Tunde Balogun, has disclosed that the founding fathers of the party had an agreement in 2014 that the southwest geopolitical zone will produce the party’s presidential candidate for the 2023 election.
According to him, President Buhari, Tinubu, and many other founding fathers of the ruling party entered into the agreement at the time.
In a related development, the agitation among the leaders of the APC on which region should produce President Buhari's successor may be put to rest next year.
Credible sources in the party say the APC would take the important decision on where its 2023 presidential candidate would come from in June 2021.
Legit.ng gathered that if the north gets the slot of the national chairman of the party during the national convention of the party, the presidential candidate of the party would come from the south and vice versa.
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