- The APC might be facing another political and legal crisis in the coming weeks
- This is due to rumours that the present leadership of the party plans to elongate its tenure after one year in office
- The move is expected to generate backlash and outrage among many APC chieftains across the country
A report by The Nation indicates that dissatisfaction is growing in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) over an alleged plot by some party chieftains to further extend the tenure of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led caretaker committee.
According to the report, some interest groups are warming up for a showdown should the Buni-led committee renege on its mandate to conduct a national convention in June 2021.
Some chieftains of the party are already decrying the lack of preparation for a national convention on the part of the Buni committee.
One of them said:
“While we are still wondering how they will finish the revalidation and registration exercise in good time for a convention in December as mandated, they extended the exercise till the end of March.
“They plan to collate the outcome of the exercise and prepare party registers for all units nationwide before convention. With so many people wondering if this is not a ploy to seek another extension, we were recently told the committee plan to review the party’s constitution as well.
“These are some of the reasons people are worried.”
Indications are strong that the tenure elongation plot enjoys the support of the APC governors.
However, the majority of the party’s National Assembly caucuses are prepared to oppose the move.
Legit.ng had earlier reported that some chieftains of the APC had planned to scuttle the just-concluded membership registration and validation exercise in all state chapters with lawsuits.
Rancorous contestation had trailed the exercise in many states, with many chieftains claiming it is a ploy to push them out of the party.
Meanwhile, a youth group known as Tinubulate Nigeria Agenda (TINA) has called on a former Lagos state governor and national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to run for the 2023 presidential election under the platform of the ruling party.
To underscore their seriousness, the group also raised the sum of N10 million to support Tinubu's emergence as the country's president.
Jerrywright Ukwu is an Abuja-based senior political/defence correspondent at Legit.ng. He is a graduate of the Nigerian Institute of Journalism, Lagos and the International Institute of Journalism in Abuja. He is also a member of the Nigeria Union of Journalists. He spends his leisure-time reading history books. He can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.