- Ahead of the 2023 general elections, the two leading parties in the country, APC and PDP, appear to be dealing with internal crises
- In Bayelsa, the APC now has two secretariats being run by different factions
- The PDP is also having its issue in Zamfara, where a splinter group called "True PDP" has sprouted
The crisis rocking the Bayelsa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) on Wednesday, May 5, took a new twist as a faction led by the Ebierien Fala Itubor-led opened a parallel secretariat in Yenagoa.
The deputy chairman of the faction, Ogeibiri Orubebe claimed the other faction led by Amos Jothan was first suspended from office before they were sacked by the directive of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2020, Daily Trust reported.
Orubebe also accused the minister of state for petroleum resources, Chief Timipre Sylva, who is also the leader of the party in the state of failing in his leadership role.
However, the spokesperson of the APC in the state, Doifie Buokoribo, said those claiming to be new executives of the party in Bayelsa were impostors and desperate politicians who wanted to score cheap political points.
Meanwhile, Nigeria's lead opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is also having its internal battle in Zamfara state, Daily Trust stated.
Recently, a splinter group, “True PDP”, emerged in the state with the promoters vowing to take over the affairs of the party in the state.
The chairman of the splinter group, Bilyaminu Aliyu Badarawa, said they formed the “True PDP” to salvage the party in Zamfara State from sinking and deteriorating under its “factional” chairman, Alhaji Tukur Danfulani, especially considering that the party was being handled shabbily.
There have also been reports of the planned defection of the state governor, Bello Matawalle, to the APC.
However, the secretary of the party in the state, Alhaji Ibrahim Umar Dangaladima, said those that formed what they called “True PDP” were not a threat to the party.
“They are a faceless group; let us know those who are behind them. We are unperturbed by their childish declaration. That is why we didn’t even bother to react."
In other news, the APC has boasted of having a record 40 million members ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
The party's caretaker secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, made this known on Monday, May 3.
Legit.ng gathers that the APC scribe stated this when the party's caretaker chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, hosted some non-career ambassadors at the party’s secretariat in Abuja.