Battle For The Soul Of APC Thickens •Party Near collapse •Buhari Too Sick To Govern

By on April 23, 2017


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All is not well with the ruling All Progressives Party (APC). The party has been canceling most of the necessary meetings core to the integration of the party members.

The latest in the string of cancellations is one of the critical organs of the party, the National Executive Committee (NEC), which was expected to hold on April 24 and 25, 2017 along with national caucus meeting has also been postponed.

An earlier meeting between the party leadership and governors elected under the platform of the party was also canceled at the last minute.

National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, who announced the postponements in a statement neither gave reasons for the postponements nor provided any information on the new dates for the meetings

In a terse statement issued yesterday, the APC said, “The National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings of the All Progressives Congress (APC) scheduled for April 24 and 25, 2017 respectively have been postponed.

“The postponement is due to unexpected developments. New dates for the meetings will be communicated in due course.”

The truth of the matter is that the party is troubled.

The suspended Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Timi Frank, once said that there is currently no ruling party in the nation, citing disorganisation of the party as reason for his stance.

Speaking at an interview with journalists in Abuja, Frank said the APC is more disorganised than the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), which has been bedevilled by leadership crisis.

“Today, practically I don’t even think we have a party. The party today is in disarray, there is confusion. I think we are even more disorganised than the opposition,” he said.

“I challenge anybody who will come out and say we are not disorganised; I have every proof to show that we are even more disorganised than the opposition.”

That is not all. 

Last Friday, Frank issued a passionate appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and National Assembly leadership to rescue the party from collapse. 

Other party leaders Frank appealed to in a statement on Friday in Abuja, included Sen. Bola Tinubu and former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar. 

He beseeched the leaders and other stakeholders to urgently salvage the party. Frank was reacting to the postponement of the party`s National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings by its National Working Council (NWC).

The polarization of the party is, currently, mirrored in the rift between the Presidency and the Senate.

The party has not been the same since the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki out-maneuvered one of the party’s foremost leaders, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu to secure the seat he is presently occupying.

Tinubu was, as well, trounced in the lower house.

In retaliation, the Presidency succumbed to pressure, dug into Saraki’s past and arraigned him before the Code of Conduct Tribunal (CCT).

Saraki replied, disrobing the Presidency of its anti-corruption toga, proving that the Presidency itself is not corruption free, when key officers of the President, the suspended, Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr Babachir David Lawal and acting Chairman of the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), Mr. Ibrahim Magu were indicted of sharp practices.

At the moment, the party leaders do not see eye to eye enough to work on the fundamentals of the rift tearing the party apart.

Also, the state of health of the president, Muhammadu Buhari has given so much for concern.

An ailing president, obviously, cannot hold a party together.

The Ekiti State Governor, Mr Ayodele Fayose, last Friday, questioned President Muhammadu Buhari’s persistent absence from state functions, especially the weekly Federal Executive Council (FEC) meetings, demanding to know if the president is now governing the country by proxy.

In a statement by his media aide, Mr. Lere Olayinka, Fayose said that Nigerians are regaled everyday with directives from the president without seeing him at any function.

“Every day, what we hear is president said this, president said that without seeing the president in any official function and one is prompted to ask: where is the president?”Fayose said it was becoming obvious that a cabal is exercising the powers of the president.

“I saw the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Mr. Babachir Lawal on television responding to his suspension and what came to my mind was that there could actually be many presidents operating in the Buhari presidency.

“Perhaps, it is for this reason of the possible existence of governments within the government of the Buhari administration that confusion pervades the polity, with the president himself writing a letter to the Senate to clear someone of wrongdoing and the same person being suspended three months after on the basis of the same allegation.

“It is also for this reason that the president nominated Ibrahim Magu to the Senate for confirmation as EFCC chairman and the Department of State Services (DSS), an agency under the presidency wrote the Senate not to confirm him.

“Most importantly, the president did not attend the FEC meeting last week and the meeting did not hold this week under the flimsy excuse that Easter break stalled it.

“How could the Easter break which ended on Monday be responsible for the inability to hold the FEC meeting on Wednesday? 

“Definitely, there is more to this than meets the eye.

“It has therefore become necessary that Nigerians hear the voice of their president and see him physically, not through surrogates or the cabal operating behind the scene,” the governor said.

Speaking further, the Ekiti state governor, who described the president as the face and image of a nation, urged Buhari to hold regular media chats through which Nigerians can ask questions and offer suggestions on the country.

“Since his first and only media chat was held in December 2015, Nigerians have not had the opportunity to see their president address them directly and this is not the best approach to governance in a democracy,” he said.

Since the president returned from his medical vacation last month, he has not left the Presidential Villa, Abuja, and has delegated several officials to represent him at several functions.

His absence at the FEC meeting last week and its postponement on Wednesday once again fuelled speculations about his health.

The president was last seen at the mosque in the Presidential Villa lastt Friday, where he attended the Jumat service.

Also, popular columnist and convener of Every Nigerian Do Something, Perry Brimah, said that President Muhammadu Buhari is “chronically ill” and in need of urgent rest.

Brimah, in a statement on Friday, alleged that the President is being kept locked up in Aso Rock by some “selfish cabal” instead of receiving best therapy.

The columnist flayed Nigerians for their uncompassionate reaction to Buhari’s health status despite seeing his “asthenic figure now no more than skin-and-bones as he sat down for the Jummah service” with Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai.

He wrote, “There can be no denying how chronically ill president Muhammadu Buhari looks when he seldom does appear in public. The last time was last week Friday when Kaduna state governor Nasir el-Rufai came visiting.

“The videos of Buhari walking for Friday prayers bring tears to eyes. His asthenic figure now no more than skin-and-bones as he sat down for the Jummah service was heart-wrenching.”


Source cattnews

Posted 23/04/2017 06:24:08 AM




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