APC governors at loggerheads with national chairman over choice of management committee for convention
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Governors under the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are set to move against the party’s National Chairman, Abdullahi Adamu over his choice of the headship of the convention election management committee.
In the list of convention planning committees released by the party, Kebbi State Governor, Atiku Bagudu, was listed as the Chairman of the Convention Election Management Committee while his Imo State counterpart, Hope Uzodinma was made the co-chairman.
It was gathered that while inaugurating the various committees for the convention on Sunday, the national chairman inaugurated all the standing committees except the election management committee because he prefers Uzodinma as the chairman instead of Bagudu that was named originally as the chairman.
It would be recalled that last week Tuesday, Members of the National Working Committee the APC, had slammed Adamu over his leadership style.
The NWC members stated that Adamu behaves like a dictator and now runs the NWC as a one-man show, adding that where he does not seem to have his way, he invokes the name of President Muhammadu Buhari to get the NWC members in line.
According to reports, 21 APC governors are not having what they considered the subterfuge of Adamu and his ill-motivated intention to unilaterally change the headship of a committee that was already approved by the National Working Committee and made public.
According to sources from the party, it was revealed that Adamu was still working with those who want to manipulate the convention to achieve their personal agenda of foisting the Senate President, Dr. Ahmed Lawan as the presidential candidate of APC despite the fact that 11 Northern APC governors have endorsed power shift to the South come 2023, while Jigawa State Governor, Muhammad Badaru, has formally withdrawn from the presidential race.
According to the statement signed by the Northern governors, Lawan, former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Yerima, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, have not formally withdrawn from the contest.
To avoid plunging the party into a fresh crisis that can jeopardise the convention, the APC governors have told the national chairman that Bagudu must be inaugurated as the chairman of the election management committee to have a hitch-free convention.
“Adamu is part of the grand scheme to retain the presidency in the North in APC after President Buhari’s tenure. They are working to make the Senate President the presidential candidate even when they know he does not have the clout and political capital to win an election against the PDP candidate, Atiku Abubakar.
“They want to use Hope Uzodinma to manipulate the convention in case it goes into delegates voting to determine the presidential candidate of APC. Uzodinma has been promised to be made the running mate of Lawan. These people are not relenting in their plot.
“The governors have insisted on Kebbi State Governor and they are not backing off,” the source stated.