Like a game of musical chairs, the mantle of leadership of the All Progressives Congress was taken by Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State; creating confusion in the minds of party members who are at sea on happenings with no clues on which organ of the party effected the removal of Governor Mai Buni as
Like a game of musical chairs, the mantle of leadership of the All Progressives Congress was taken by Governor Abubakar Bello of Niger State; creating confusion in the minds of party members who are at sea on happenings with no clues on which organ of the party effected the removal of Governor Mai Buni as Chairman of the party. The change of guard was akin to a palace coup.
It was generally believed that President Muhammadu Buhari may have sanctioned, if he did not order the removal of Governor Mai Buni as Chairman but some party sources said that the removal was an internal affair of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee as Governor Abubakar Bello is one of three Governors serving as members of the committee. Governor Buni was said to be out of the country for medical attention when his removal was effected.
But, the Secretary of the CECPC Senator John Akpanudoedehe denied knowledge of any change in the leadership of the party. The change did not come without drama as several policemen could be seen taking positions in and around the APC Secretariat very early in the morning screening people going in and out of the Secretariat while visitors were barred.
Governor Abubakar Bello swung into action immediately by taking charge of activities at the APC Secretariat. His first official assignment was to receive the report of the Party’s zoning committee led by Governor of Kwara state AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq accompanied by Deputy Senate President Senator Ovie Omo-Agege.
The zoning of offices is a major plank on which the scheduled National Convention will be based. There are speculations that following the unfolding developments the national convention date of March 26, may be shifted once again. But, while departing for his two weeks medical checkup abroad, President Buhari was optimistic that the convention would hold as planned.
Several speculations are being peddled for the removal of the Buni-led CECPC ranging from procuring a Court order to prevent the convention from holding, to deliberately stalling in order to combine the convention with the presidential primary, to the fact that Governor Buni was nursing a presidential ambition and working with some aspirants.
Without doubt the APC is already polarized with supporters of Governor Buni saying that it was only the NEC of the Party that could convene and remove Buni, and after he must have been given seven days’ notice of removal. They, however, contended that anything outside the laid down processes, could be challenged in court, with the potential of disrupting the rescheduled March 26 Convention date. Some political pundits have predicted an implosion of the party after the convention.
They are being countered by the fact that the creation of Governor Buni and the CECPC was an aberration to the party’s constitution.
Supporters of Governor Buni allege that some persons are creating unnecessary crisis in the party, because of their selfish interests. How can they claim there are no preparations to hold the convention, when various convention sub-committees have been announced; the zonal committee is announcing the zoning formula on Monday (today).
Committees will be inaugurated in a few days. These people are not sincere. Some governors have been scheming to take over the functions of CECPC to further their own interests.
The immediate way out of this is, if Governor Buni voluntarily resigns, which he had threatened to do two weeks ago during the APC governors meeting in Abuja,