APC CRISIS: ATIKU, TINUBU GANG UP AGAINST BUHARI…PLAN NEW PARTY AHEAD OF 2019

2016_10large_p5a_2An alliance between two aggrieved political heavyweights of the ruling APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, may lead to the fall of the party and the formation of a new one ahead of the 2019 general elections.
A credible source within the party told Daily Trust on Sunday that: “Tinubu is having a serious realignment with Atiku on the possibility of pulling out with their teeming supporters if President Muhammadu Buhari continues to look the other way.”

The source, who wouldn’t want to be named due to the sensitive nature of the matter, said that Tinubu and Atiku were not happy with the presidency but do not want to come out openly on it. He traced their displeasure to the outcome of last year’s governorship election in Kogi State, the APC’s Board of Trustees (BoT) conundrum and the recent governorship primary election in Ondo, among others.

“While Tinubu expected to win Kogi, Atiku wanted to be the chairman of the BoT, but the presidency frustrated their efforts,” the source said. James Faleke, who was the running mate to the late Prince Abubakar Audu, was Tinubu’s choice, but he was subsequently replaced with the incumbent governor, Yahaya Bello, following the sudden death of Audu. As soon as Prince Audu died, indications emerged that leaders of the APC were divided over the choice of Bello as the party’s candidate for the supplementary governorship election in the state.
While the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and a group loyal to him had insisted that Yahaya Bello’s name be withdrawn for Faleke, other party chieftains kicked against the move, saying that Bello’s choice and subsequent nomination should be maintained. His name was already submitted to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC). Bello came second during the party’s governorship primary election on August 29, 2015.
Although Bello had been nominated and his name submitted to INEC, Tinubu and some powerful stakeholders in the APC wanted his name replaced with that of Faleke. This development had set the stage for cracks in the party’s hierarchy, with the leader of the party and former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, reportedly insisting that it was either Faleke or no one else.
Having eventually lost out in Kogi, our source said Tinubu was hoping to have his consolation in the forthcoming Ondo governorship election, but the outcome of the party’s primary in that state rather added salt to injury.
Signs of the crack within the wall of the Ondo State chapter of the APC started manifesting following the announcement and counter announcement over its gubernatorial primary election, which was postponed twice. Following an intense infighting among members in the state, it was eventually announced that a date for the primary election would be shifted from August 27 to 31, 2016.
Many analysts saw the outcome of the Ondo APC governorship primary as a consequence of the manipulation of the delegate list and the imposition of a gubernatorial candidate on the party by the state chairman, who was later suspended over an alleged involvement in the saga.

Tinubu explodes
In reaction to the outcome of the Ondo governorship primary, Tinubu expressed his anger by asking the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to quit.
On September 25, Tinubu wrote a heavily worded open letter, alleging that Oyegun colluded with mercenary forces to forge the delegates list used for the September 3 governorship primary of the party in Ondo State. Tinubu also accused him of subverting the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) when he submitted the name of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to INEC as its candidate.
In the five-page letter, Tinubu said the development showed that there was an evil and regressive force within the APC using Mr. Oyegun to derail its democratic and progressive tenets, adding that the party is under threat.
According to the statement, “Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time. If Tinubu is to choose between Oyegun and progress towards a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made.
“For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”
Exonerating the governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of any wrongdoing during the primary election, Tinubu said: “The Jigawa governor chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list had been slipped into the process. Indeed, within hours of the announcement, the news that began to filter in gravely disturbed me.”
In what appeared like a counter attack, Oyegun said Tinubu’s allegations were reckless. He added that he was angered by the false accusation of corruption, rigging, and overruling the party’s NWC “vote” on the Election Appeal Committee report.
“This reckless and baseless corruption allegation leveled against me is unfortunate and an insult to my person and my hard-earned reputation, which I have strongly maintained. Nobody has the kind of money that can buy my conscience or make me do injury to an innocent man.
“In all the primaries conducted under my watch as national chairman, I have strived to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible process. The 2016 Ondo APC governorship primary election was not an exception. There must be internal democracy in the party, and our constitution must be respected by all,” Oyegun said.
He insisted that he did not overrule any NWC’s vote of “six against five” in favour of cancelling the primary election results and conducting another primary during the 18th emergency meeting of the APC NWC held from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Abuja as alleged by Tinubu.
Interestingly, no sooner had Oyegun made known his invectives on the Ondo governorship primary than former Vice President Atiku Abubakar issued a statement backing Tinubu’s position.
Atiku said it was imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”
Arguing that the party was supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis amongst its members in any given election, Atiku contended that since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.
“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached, which was aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” he said, adding that the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.”
Expectedly, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Timi Frank, also came up with a statement supporting Tinubu’s position on the matter. He said the position corroborated earlier grievances he raised against Mr. Oyegun.
“The founding father of our party, the national leader of our party has concurred to my earlier call that Oyegun should resign as national chairman. That should let you know that I foresaw what they didn’t see. I am giving Oyegun 14 days to convene a NEC meeting to do so. I have started mobilising members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to ensure that the APC leadership is made to do the right thing and summon a NEC meeting,” Frank said.

No BoT, other vital organs to address crisis
Investigations by Daily Trust on Sunday revealed that the crisis in the APC has been exacerbated by the absence of vital organs of the party like the Board of Trustees (BoT). The party is yet to properly constitute its BoT, which currently has members but lacks a chairman and secretary.
It was also gathered that apart from the last NEC meeting of the party held in February this year, no other meeting has been held to address crucial issues affecting the party, including crises at states and national levels.
Confirming this position, Timi Frank said: “There is no BoT in place to checkmate the NWC. The last NEC meeting we held was in February, where we proposed to take a date for a mini national convention to fill vacant positions. But since then, there has been no meeting and no date for anything. We are in the dark.”
Also, there is no tangible reconciliation mechanism in place to address crises in state chapters of the party like Delta, Bayelsa, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Ondo, Abia and other states where internal animosity has polarised the ruling party.
A member of the party asked: “Why does it take the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to wade into the crisis in Edo State when a standing reconciliation committee could have done that?”

Atiku cashes in
It was gathered that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is cashing in on the deepening crisis within the APC, especially the recent altercation between Tinubu and Oyegu, to advance an alignment with Tinubu.
A party source privy to the plan said: “I can tell you that there is an ongoing political alliance between them. If they (Tinubu and Atiku) cannot remain relevant in the APC, they are likely to come up with a new political party unless the current situation is brought under control.”
It was gathered that Atiku is nursing an injury inflicted on him by the party’s hierarchy. Our source said: “Atiku himself is aggrieved. He had wanted to become the chairman of the BoT of the party, but that was scuttled. He is, therefore, cashing in on the current crisis to realign with Tinubu.”
It was also gathered that the alliance between Tinubu and Atiku may well be yielding results as 12 APC governors are said to have indicated their readiness to go with them.
The deputy national publicity secretary of the party said the crisis was getting worse, and the only way forward is genuine reconciliation.
“Under Chief Oyegun, our party has been facing one crisis after another, either at state or federal levels. For instance, Tinubu cannot sit down today at a meeting with Oyegun. There are aggrieved members everywhere. This is why President Buhari must break his silence and wade into the matter,” Frank said.
Frank, however, said he did not see any political agenda between Tinubu and Atiku. “The former vice president and Tinubu are friends; they only had political disagreements. This is the time for them to come together and salvage the APC in spite of their differences. This is because if we continue like this, Nigerians cannot trust us in 2019,” he said.
When contacted, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe said he could not confirm if his boss was in any alliance with Tinubu. He, however, said that as a major stakeholder in the party, it wouldn’t be out of place if Tinubu is in talks with Atiku on issues of national interest. He admitted that Atiku is unhappy with developments in the APC and has already spoken out.

Crisis escalates in states
Apart from the discordant tunes at the national level, the crisis within the APC is said to be escalating in the states.

In Kano, it’s battle for supremacy
In Kano, the internal crisis rocking the APC is informed by leadership tussle. The tussle, which has been lingering on for months now despite several efforts to resolve it, has pitched the former governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso against his successor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. They are locked in a fierce battle for supremacy.
Currently, the APC in Kano State could be best described as a ship with two captains, as both Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa and Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas are claiming chairmanship of the party in the state. Each faction is torn between Ganduje and Kwnakwaso in terms of loyalty.
The national headquarters of the party, in its efforts at resolving the crisis, had sent a four-man fact-finding committee headed by Senator Mohammed Magoro to Kano to find out whether or not the procedures followed in suspending Doguwa were in conformity with the party’s constitution.
Unfortunately, it appears that the outcome of the committee’s visit to the state did not yield any positive result. While presenting the report of the committee, its chairman, Senator Magoro stated that the procedures followed by the Kano Executive Committee of the party in suspending Doguwa did not in any way violate the party’s constitution. Magoro also told the national leadership of the party that Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa and Alhaji Sanusi Surajo Kwankwaso, who were removed from their positions as chairman and organising secretary of the party in the state, did not appear before the committee during its sitting in Kano.
Although the report was just one out of many steps to be followed in resolving the crisis, Doguwa said the action of the chairman of the committee had clearly shown where the committee is heading to.
Daily Trust on Sunday observed that because of the crisis, the APC is not conducting any activity at its secretariat or any other place in the state. When our reporter visited the state secretariat on Wednesday, the place was deserted.
Our reporter observed that virtually all the offices of the elected officers of the party remained locked, as neither the Doguwa nor Abbas-led leadership faction is reporting to the secretariat due to the lingering crisis.

In Bauchi, it’s Governor Abubakar versus Dogara
In Bauchi State, the feud between Governor Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar and federal lawmakers has pitched APC members in the state against one another. The crisis emanated shortly after the party won the election over a year ago. Since then, the lawmakers and the governor have been trading blames.
Although both camps have denied that their war of words in the media and elsewhere is connected to the 2016 elections, observers believe that the race for 2019 elections is the main cause of the feud.
It was alleged that the governor had opposed the emergence of Dogara as speaker of the House of Representatives. The situation was aggravated by the already frosty relationship between the governor and the lawmakers.
A group within the party had also threatened Senators Ali Wakili, Isah Hamma Misau and Suleiman Nazif for going against the party’s choice, Senator Ali Ndume, to vote for Saraki during the race for the Senate presidency.
The move to recall the senators was seen as a clandestine arrangement by some elements in the party, backed by the governor, to embarrass the lawmakers.
A recent visit to the APC national secretariat and the minister of education, Mallam Adamu Adamu by the lawmakers, to complain about the governor, brought another dimension to the crisis as many believe that the lawmakers have widened their campaign against the governor by bringing the likes of Adamu Adamu into their feud.
Governor Abubakar also paid a similar visit to the party’s secretariat to counter the allegations leveled against him by the lawmakers. The visit resulted in an altercation between the supporters of the two camps, which the governor viewed as an attempt to scuttle his visit and prevent the APC leadership from hearing his own side.
The party’s crisis in Bauchi State seems to be widening by the day as both camps have intensified their campaigns.

Kaduna: Akida and the APC
Since the former chairman of the party in the state became deputy governor and the secretary became a local government chairman, the APC in Kaduna State has been lacking in clear leadership. The state chapter of the party is divided into two factions.
One faction is backed by the state government, led by Governor Nasir el-Rufai and his deputy, Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, while the other faction, known as APC Akida is led by Maitamaki Tom Maiyashi and other actors like Senator Shehu Sani and Dr. Akeem Baba Ahmed.
The Tom Maiyashi-led group is alleging that the state government has derailed from the manifesto of the APC. The group also frowns at the absence of a vibrant leadership in the party at state level.
“We need a leadership that can carry everyone along. This is because we lack coherent and vibrant leadership in the party. If we can have that, things will be normal. Let the leadership be invigorated with people who really know their onions. Presently, there is no leadership because the leaders, as presently constituted, are sleeping,’’ a chieftain of the party in the state, who did not want his name in print said.
But the secretary of the party in Kaduna State, Yahaya Baba Pate, said there was no crisis in the party, insisting that in politics, fictionalisation does not mean crisis.
“In fact, there is no faction in the party. The only APC in the state is the one led by Alhaji Shuaibu Idris. The Akida group is those who wanted positions or appointments but did not get,” he said.
Also speaking, the publicity secretary of Akida APC, Murtala Abubakar, noted that there is no party structure in the state, adding that the governor appointed over 70 per cent of the state executive into his cabinet as commissioners, special advisers, local government caretaker chairmen or councilors, as well as into boards of government agencies.
“This is the story. Also, the governor’s policies are anti-people. This is occasioned by lack of consultation with relevant stakeholders.  The APC Akida is desirous of the peace and progress of the party, and we have written to the national headquarters of our great party. Although the Aminu Masari-led reconciliation committee in the state has not invited us, we still welcome the move as we hope they would extend their consultation with all the critical stakeholders,” he said.

Lagos: Tinubu fortifies against opposition
Despite the growing disaffection among chieftains of the APC at the national level, the Lagos State chapter of the party is said to have so far weathered the storm unscathed. Several of the party chieftains said that so far, there has not been any confirmed case of factionalisation, a development they attributed to the firm control the party’s national leader, Bola Ahmed Tinubu wields.
Following his feud with Oyegun, Tinubu is said to have fortified his base with loyalists who have been trusted allies for many years.
But the new spokesperson for Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu, Mr Tunde Rahmon said he was not aware of any alliance between his boss and other politicians.
“I am not aware of anything like that. I am not aware,” he said and declined to make further comments.
The state chairman of the party, Henry Ajomale, is known to be a die-hard loyalist of Tinubu. Insiders said it was this unwavering commitment that has so far kept him on the seat.
“As far as I know, there has not been any crack in the state chapter of the APC. We have a central figure, to whom we refer anytime there is an urgent issue to be addressed, and that is Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. But even before issues get to Asiwaju, we have Baba Ajomale, whom we know has the ears of the national leader and who can also address whatever grievances that may crop up,” a member of the House of Representatives on the platform of the party, who did not want his name mentioned because he was not authorised to speak on the development, said.
It would be recalled that after the 2015 general elections, the APC lost six House of Representatives seats in Lagos – the biggest Tinubu’s coalition has ever lost in any election since 1999. As a result of this, there were moves to get Ajomale replaced as some elements in the party considered him to be too weak. Their argument was based on the fact that his son, Ladi, indeed lost an election into the Lagos State House of Assembly to the Peoples Democratic Party’s candidate, Jude Emeka Idimagu in Oshodi/Isolo state constituency II.
It was said that Ajomale survived the scare as a result of the support he enjoyed from Tinubu. That gesture, among others, now makes him indebted to the national leader of the party; hence he will do anything possible to ward off threats capable of challenging his grip on the party.
“The chairman is a good pillar of support for Asiwaju. I don’t see any crisis now or in the nearest future. He is firmly in control. There is no cause for alarm,” another chieftain of the party said.
But there are personalities whose personal differences with Tinubu in recent times are generating ripples across the political circuit. There are speculations that the likes of the national legal adviser of the APC, Muiz Banire, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), former governor of Lagos State, who is now the minister of works, power and housing, Babatunde Raji Fashola (SAN), among others, are forging a stronger political relationship, allegedly to counter Tinubu’s dominance in the nearest future.
Those pushing this line of thought were quick to cite the recent 50th birthday ceremony organised by Banire, wherein it was observed that there was no representative of the Lagos State government. For a man who was once known as a political protégé of Tinubu and a three-time commissioner in the state, not a few observers raised eyebrows over the near-abandonment of the event by the national leaders’ political loyalists. And in what appeared to be giving a stronger justification to the political acrimony, the likes of Fashola, former Ekiti State governor and minister of solid mineral development, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, Ogun state governor, Senator Ibikunle Amosun and his wife, among other personalities being touted to be aligning with the federal might in undermining Tinubu in South West region, were at the event.
“Having political disagreement is normal in party politics. So far, none has been strong enough in Lagos to hijack political process from Asiwaju. But we still have to keep watching closely as events unfold ahead of 2019 general elections. Politics is interesting, and it is believed that anything can happen. Until then, Tinubu still dictates the tune in the Lagos APC,” the party chieftain said.
A member of the House of Representatives confided in Daily Trust on Sunday that there were, indeed, cracks in the APC, arising mainly from the issues Aisha, the wife of President Muhammadu Buhari, raised in her interview with the BBC. The Rep, a very close ally of the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, said there was a kind of power-play fuelled by those working to worm their way into Buhari’s favour, but who realised they had to reduce what had been Buhari’s love for Asiwaju following the latter’s contributions to the emergence of Buhari as president.
The Rep admitted that at a point, a gulf emerged between the president and Tinubu, created by those with a mission to achieve, with newfound political allies and friends of the president getting more favours from Buhari than Tinubu did.
When asked whether Tinubu ever took his case to Aisha for her to have spoken Tinubu’s mind in the open, the Rep replied that he wouldn’t know. But he said Tinubu had told them he wouldn’t play into the hands of those working to create enmity between him and Buhari by going to war with Buhari. He said Tinubu still believed in Buhari as having the qualities to re-steer Nigeria and is not ready to torpedo the boat now.
The Rep said that in the days ahead, a stronger APC was expected, as relations between Buhari and Asiwaju are also expected to improve.
On Tinubu’s strategies from next year towards the 2019 elections, the Rep replied that things were still fluid and it would be foolhardy to read Tinubu’s mind. As a strategist, Tinubu, the man said, was not showing any hand as he still strongly keeps faith with Buhari despite his displeasure and disappointments with some developments in the party.
On talks of aligning and realigning for 2019 with Atiku, the Rep said the Tinubu he knew very well would rather stick with Buhari than Atiku, saying Tinubu has proven in Lagos State to be an astute breeder of prudent, developmental managers. He is not ready, even at the national level, now that he has committed himself to it, to depart from that project, the Rep said.party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to quit.
On September 25, Tinubu wrote a heavily worded open letter, alleging that Oyegun colluded with mercenary forces to forge the delegates list used for the September 3 governorship primary of the party in Ondo State. Tinubu also accused him of subverting the decision of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) when he submitted the name of Chief Rotimi Akeredolu, a Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN) to INEC as its candidate.
In the five-page letter, Tinubu said the development showed that there was an evil and regressive force within the APC using Mr. Oyegun to derail its democratic and progressive tenets, adding that the party is under threat.
According to the statement, “Oyegun must go. He has shown that he and democratic fair play cannot exist in the same party at the same time. If Tinubu is to choose between Oyegun and progress towards a better Nigeria, the choice has already been made.
“For those who care about the party, who care about Nigeria and its chance for a better tomorrow, now is the time to stand against this brewing evil before it grows to encompass all we have built and all we hold dear.”
Exonerating the governor of Jigawa State, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar of any wrongdoing during the primary election, Tinubu said: “The Jigawa governor chaired the primary convention with decorum and impartiality. He was unaware that a tampered list had been slipped into the process. Indeed, within hours of the announcement, the news that began to filter in gravely disturbed me.”
In what appeared like a counter attack, Oyegun said Tinubu’s allegations were reckless. He added that he was angered by the false accusation of corruption, rigging, and overruling the party’s NWC “vote” on the Election Appeal Committee report.
“This reckless and baseless corruption allegation leveled against me is unfortunate and an insult to my person and my hard-earned reputation, which I have strongly maintained. Nobody has the kind of money that can buy my conscience or make me do injury to an innocent man.
“In all the primaries conducted under my watch as national chairman, I have strived to ensure a free, fair, transparent and credible process. The 2016 Ondo APC governorship primary election was not an exception. There must be internal democracy in the party, and our constitution must be respected by all,” Oyegun said.
He insisted that he did not overrule any NWC’s vote of “six against five” in favour of cancelling the primary election results and conducting another primary during the 18th emergency meeting of the APC NWC held from Monday, September 19, 2016 to Thursday, September 22, 2016 in Abuja as alleged by Tinubu.
Interestingly, no sooner had Oyegun made known his invectives on the Ondo governorship primary than former Vice President Atiku Abubakar issued a statement backing Tinubu’s position.
Atiku said it was imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”
Arguing that the party was supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis amongst its members in any given election, Atiku contended that since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.
“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached, which was aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division,” he said, adding that the party leadership should always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.”
Expectedly, the deputy national publicity secretary of the party, Timi Frank, also came up with a statement supporting Tinubu’s position on the matter. He said the position corroborated earlier grievances he raised against Mr. Oyegun.
“The founding father of our party, the national leader of our party has concurred to my earlier call that Oyegun should resign as national chairman. That should let you know that I foresaw what they didn’t see. I am giving Oyegun 14 days to convene a NEC meeting to do so. I have started mobilising members of the National Executive Committee (NEC) to ensure that the APC leadership is made to do the right thing and summon a NEC meeting,” Frank said.

No BoT, other vital organs to address crisis
Investigations by Daily Trust on Sunday revealed that the crisis in the APC has been exacerbated by the absence of vital organs of the party like the Board of Trustees (BoT). The party is yet to properly constitute its BoT, which currently has members but lacks a chairman and secretary.
It was also gathered that apart from the last NEC meeting of the party held in February this year, no other meeting has been held to address crucial issues affecting the party, including crises at states and national levels.
Confirming this position, Timi Frank said: “There is no BoT in place to checkmate the NWC. The last NEC meeting we held was in February, where we proposed to take a date for a mini national convention to fill vacant positions. But since then, there has been no meeting and no date for anything. We are in the dark.”
Also, there is no tangible reconciliation mechanism in place to address crises in state chapters of the party like Delta, Bayelsa, Edo, Kano, Kaduna, Ondo, Abia and other states where internal animosity has polarised the ruling party.
A member of the party asked: “Why does it take the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) to wade into the crisis in Edo State when a standing reconciliation committee could have done that?”

Atiku cashes in
Daily Trust on Sunday gathered that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar is cashing in on the deepening crisis within the APC, especially the recent altercation between Tinubu and Oyegu, to advance an alignment with Tinubu.
A party source privy to the plan said: “I can tell you that there is an ongoing political alliance between them. If they (Tinubu and Atiku) cannot remain relevant in the APC, they are likely to come up with a new political party unless the current situation is brought under control.”
It was gathered that Atiku is nursing an injury inflicted on him by the party’s hierarchy. Our source said: “Atiku himself is aggrieved. He had wanted to become the chairman of the BoT of the party, but that was scuttled. He is, therefore, cashing in on the current crisis to realign with Tinubu.”
It was also gathered that the alliance between Tinubu and Atiku may well be yielding results as 12 APC governors are said to have indicated their readiness to go with them.
The deputy national publicity secretary of the party said the crisis was getting worse, and the only way forward is genuine reconciliation.
“Under Chief Oyegun, our party has been facing one crisis after another, either at state or federal levels. For instance, Tinubu cannot sit down today at a meeting with Oyegun. There are aggrieved members everywhere. This is why President Buhari must break his silence and wade into the matter,” Frank said.
Frank, however, said he did not see any political agenda between Tinubu and Atiku. “The former vice president and Tinubu are friends; they only had political disagreements. This is the time for them to come together and salvage the APC in spite of their differences. This is because if we continue like this, Nigerians cannot trust us in 2019,” he said.
When contacted, Atiku’s media aide, Paul Ibe said he could not confirm if his boss was in any alliance with Tinubu. He, however, said that as a major stakeholder in the party, it wouldn’t be out of place if Tinubu is in talks with Atiku on issues of national interest. He admitted that Atiku is unhappy with developments in the APC and has already spoken out.

Crisis escalates in states
Apart from the discordant tunes at the national level, the crisis within the APC is said to be escalating in the states.

In Kano, it’s battle for supremacy
In Kano, the internal crisis rocking the APC is informed by leadership tussle. The tussle, which has been lingering on for months now despite several efforts to resolve it, has pitched the former governor, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso against his successor, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje. They are locked in a fierce battle for supremacy.
Currently, the APC in Kano State could be best described as a ship with two captains, as both Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa and Alhaji Abdullahi Abbas are claiming chairmanship of the party in the state. Each faction is torn between Ganduje and Kwnakwaso in terms of loyalty.
The national headquarters of the party, in its efforts at resolving the crisis, had sent a four-man fact-finding committee headed by Senator Mohammed Magoro to Kano to find out whether or not the procedures followed in suspending Doguwa were in conformity with the party’s constitution.
Unfortunately, it appears that the outcome of the committee’s visit to the state did not yield any positive result. While presenting the report of the committee, its chairman, Senator Magoro stated that the procedures followed by the Kano Executive Committee of the party in suspending Doguwa did not in any way violate the party’s constitution. Magoro also told the national leadership of the party that Alhaji Umar Haruna Doguwa and Alhaji Sanusi Surajo Kwankwaso, who were removed from their positions as chairman and organising secretary of the party in the state, did not appear before the committee during its sitting in Kano.

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Nigerian Union of Journalists
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Abuja Federal Capital Territory (FCT).
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