APC convention delayed till Atiku, Tinubu make peace

By Amako Nneji October 26, 2015 16:05

APC convention delayed till Atiku, Tinubu make peace

The emergence of Bukola Saraki as Senate president continues to generate ripple effect in the All Progressives Congress, APC, 5 months after.

Sources in the know claim it has further widened the rift between Ahmed Bola Tinubu and former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, (whom the ex-Lagos Governor believes endorsed and sponsored Saraki’s emergence.)

The feud between both men now appears to have stalled the party’s mini-convention slated to address the lingering leadership tussle.

The convention is expected to hold at the end of November to fill vacant positions of the National Working Committee, NWC, Board of Trustees, BoT, and the Chairmanship post created due to federal appointments to outgoing occupants.

The party’s National Welfare Secretary, Umar Dikko Raddah, was appointed as the Chief of Staff to the Kastina State Governor while the duo of Babachir David Lawal, Vice Chairman, North East and Lai Mohammed, the party’s National Publicity Secretary, were recently appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari as Secretary to the Government of the Federation, SGF, and as a cabinet member.

The constitution of APC does not allow the deputies of any NWC member to fill vacancies, be it in an acting capacity or other appointment.

See: Lai Mohammed appointment tears APC leadership apart

It was learnt that the behind-the-scenes roles of the two political gladiators of the party- Atiku and Tinubu – with regards to the National Assembly dispute has also worsened the situation.

    “The party leadership does not want to create another division within its BoT membership around Atiku and Tinubu as was the case in the National Assembly.
    “That is why inauguration of the BoT has continued to drag on while reconciliatory efforts are going on to resolve issues,” a top party source said.

Article 13.2(x) of the APC constitution, which deals with the powers of the BoT, stipulates that “The Board of Trustees shall elect its chairman, deputy chairman, secretary and other officers as it deems necessary, and formulate its own rules and procedures to regulate its meetings and activities.”

Atiku and some Governors were uncomfortable with the rising touted political wizardry of Tinubu, and have pushed to “cut him to size.”

They reportedly used their influence to stop Ahmed Lawan believed to be Tinubu’s candidate.

See: Senate Leadership: APC leaders face off, Tinubu flexes muscles

Saraki paid Atiku a courtesy visit following his emergence as the President of the upper chamber of the National Assembly.

A dependable NWC member, who spoke with THISDAY, said efforts were underway to convene a mini-convention in order to address some of the challenges confronting the party.

    “The leadership of the party may call for a mini-convention between now and December to address some issues before us. We are all aware that the final authority of the party lies with the national convention to ratify some policies and issues that need the input of all the stakeholders of the party.
    “So we are expecting that between now and then, the leadership of the party will prepare the necessary reports that will be transmitted to the convention for appropriate actions to be taken.”

National Chairman of the APC, John Oyegun, at a press briefing recently promised that the issue of the party’s BoT leadership would be laid to rest in the shortest possible time.

See: Why Saraki must resign now – Tinubu