APC Dissolves NWC As Tinubu, Oshiomhole Lost Out

The widely speculated 2023 political ambition of a former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, suffered a major setback as President Muhammadu Buhari chose to side with Mr Tinubu's opponents in the raging feud over the control of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). The former Lagos State governor is the major force behind the embattled APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole whose suspension was upheld by the Appeal Court recently. Mr Tinubu, often referred to as "national leader of the APC and the Jagaban played a key role in the political merger of 2013 which created the APC. It could be recalled that the merger of the then CPC, ACN, ANPP, a faction of APGA and a splinter group from the PDP formed what is today the All Progressives Congress (APC). A section of the PDP splinter group called the new PDP however walked away from the merger before the last general elections in the country Although Tinubu  is yet to openly declare his political plans for the next election, Mr Tinubu is widely believed to be gearing up to succeed President  Buhari whose second and final tenure ends on May 29, 2023. Buhari had on Wednesday publicly sided with a faction of the APC that is backing Victor Giadom as the acting chairman of the party. Relying on a court order, Mr Giadom, who was deputy national secretary of the party, insists he is the rightful acting chairman of the party following the suspension of the substantive chairman, Adams Oshiomole. Some 18 of the National Working Committee (NWC) members of the party, who met after the court judgement penultimate Tuesday, endorsed the deputy national chairman (south), Abiola Ajimobi, as the acting chairperson of the ruling party. The NWC later declared Mr Giadom's seat as deputy national secretary vacant and on Monday swore in Worgu Boms as his replacement. But in a statement through one of his spokespersons, Garba Shehu, Mr Buhari declared that "the law was on the side of Mr Giadom. Mr Shehu said the President would attend the NEC meeting convened by Mr Giadom. The said NEC meeting was earlier disowned by 18 members of the NWC of the party backing Mr Ajimobi held on Wednesday in Abuja with President Buhari presiding over it.   Seven governors of the party are said to be teaming up with other top shots, notably the transport minister, Rotimi Amaechi, in fighting what they alleged to be a proTinubu NWC. The governors said to be working along that line were those of Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi; Kebbi, Atiku Bagudu; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Kaduna, Nasir Elrufai; Jigawa, Badaru Abubakar; Niger, Abubakar Bello and Yobe's Mai-Mala Buni. Mr Tinubu is Mr Oshiomhole's major backer, and by siding with those destabilizing and working to oust him, Mr Buhari has dealt the former governor a severe political blow. Besides, the forces working against Mr Oshiomhole are also majorly the same group of people committed to blocking Mr Tinubu's presidential ambition. The outcome of the NEC meeting was not surprising as it was generally speculated that it may seek to dissolve the current National Working Committee of the party which it eventually did. Parts of the outcome of the APC NEC was the dissolution of the party's NWC and the constitution of a caretaker committee led by Mai Mala Buni as chairman. In a brief interface with journalists, Gov. Buni said; "After being a two-time national secretary of the party, I can say I know the party very well. I want to assure every APC member that we will do justice to everyone because we have a capable team. "I am a team player and I am here to manage a crisis and if you do not manage crisis, crisis will manage you so without justice there will be no peace, so I am ready to do justice to every APC member. "NEC is the highest organ of the party except the convention, and NEC can function for convention in-between, so any decision taken by NEC is the final decision. NEC has directed that every member in court should withdraw his suit. "The party will carry all members along especially the leaders of the APC. Many of them have paid their dues to the party, so we will carry them along. In an apparent move to bar members of the dissolved NWC from accessing their offices, security operatives had earlier in the day sealed the National Secretariat of the party. Meanwhile, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe has been appointed as the Secretary of APC Caretaker Committee and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee.  Here is the full list of the new APC NWC Gov Mai Mala Buni (Yobe), chairman; Senator Akpan Udoedehe- secretary; Isiaka Oyebola SW , Ken Nnamani SE; Stella Okotete- women rep; Governor Sani Bello NC , Dr. James Lalu physically challenged;  Senator Abubakar Yusuf- Senatè Rep;  Mr Akinyemi Olaide - Reps; David Lyon - SS; Abba Ari - NW; Professor Tahir Mamman - NE;  Ismail Ahmed - youth. In a related development, NEC has ratified the governorship primary in Edo State which produced Pastor Ize-Iyamu as its governorship candidate.

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