The All Progressives Congress (APC) is set to hold an emergency stakeholders meeting today to brainstorm on issues, most especially the crises bedeviling it in some states and also on ministerial list to be submitted to the Senate any moment by President Muhammadu Buhari
The was summoned by the Chairman, Chief John Odigie Oyegun and with the endorsement of President Muhammadu Buhari.
Some of the issues to be discussed include the management of the party’s success, the power rift between the Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and Governor Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna State, among others.
A top member of APC in a chat with newsmen said the crises in APC, especially the management of the party’s success at the March 28 presidential and National Assembly and the April 11 governorship elections was becoming a big headache for members.
He said members are worried that the crisis was affecting the smooth running of governance with Nigerians being at the receiving ends, hence the need for such a meeting.
According to the NWC member, the crisis between the chieftains of APC has stalled the inauguration of the party’s Board of Trustees, BoT, as well as holding of the National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting.
Listed for discussion at today’s meeting, the source said, would be the power rift between Osinbajo and el-Rufai, who is perceived as the ‘Unofficial Vice President’.
It was gathered that el–Rufai made an uncomplimentary remark on the Vice President, to which Osinbajo was said to have protested and eventually walked out of the said meeting in the presence of President Buhari.
It was also gathered that prior to his storming out of the meeting, the angered Osinbajo told Buhari: “I am an elected Vice President and would not sit down here and allow a governor to insult me.”
According to the NWC member, the leadership of APC was not comfortable with this development and was determined not to sit down and watch the Vice President and being treated as a puppet.
Also to be discussed at the meeting is the seeming feud between APC national leader and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki.
The chieftain said: “Why must there be preferential treatment and separate rules? Whereas, Tinubu was acquitted for non-compliance with section 3 (D), the Chairman of the Code of Conduct Tribunal, CCT, is insisting on Dr. Abubakar Saraki standing trial for an issue that the former Lagos State governor was acquitted and the suit struck out.”
Also to be discussed is the media war between Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State and the former governor of Bayelsa state, Timi Sylva.