APC Leaders Want Buhari To Remove Jonathan’s Appointees

A fresh crisis is currently brewing in the All Progressives Congress over the refusal of President Muhammadu Buhari to sack the political appointees of his predecessor, Goodluck Jonathan.

Some leaders of the ruling party, who faulted Buhari’s retention of the PDP members, called for their sacking and the appointment of APC members in their stead.

Besides, some members of the APC also lamented that Buhari was not helping the party with funds.

A chieftain of the APC in Lagos, who did not want his name in print, told our correspondent that they had not benefitted anything from Buhari since he took over power eight months ago.

He said it was as if the President was rewarding members of the Peoples Democratic Party and punishing APC members.

He said, “President Buhari took over on May 29, 2015 and has not rewarded APC members. Most of the heads of departments and agencies are members of the PDP who worked for Jonathan. For example, Onyeka Onwenu is still the Director-General of the National Women Centre while Mike Omeri is still the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency.

“A former Special Adviser to Jonathan on Media and Publicity, Mr. Ima Niboro, is still the Managing Director of the News Agency of Nigeria while Mr. Sola Omole is still the Director-General of the Nigeria Television Authority.

“There are almost 100 ambassadorial positions that are supposed to have been filled but these people are still occupying the offices. We are not asking for security or sensitive positions but all these appointments I mentioned are not statutory but merely political.

“Our people who worked so hard and spent money on Buhari’s campaign are languishing. There are many competent people in the APC.”

Another APC chieftain, who also craved anonymity, said if Buhari continued this way, the APC might not be able to retain power beyond 2019.

He said most of the people that were being appointed by the President were either northerners or members of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change.

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APC Leaders In Closed Door Meeting With Buhari

Members of the National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress on Monday held a meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari behind closed-doors inside the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

Vice President Yemi Osinbajo also attended the meeting held inside the First Lady’s Conference Hall.

It was the first meeting of the party’ leadership since the beginning of 2016.

The APC leaders were led to the meeting by the party’s National Chairman, Mr John Oyegun. It started at about 8:20pm local time with the arrival of the President and his Vice.

Others in attendance were the party’s Deputy National Chairman, Lawali Shuaib; Zonal Vice Chairman, Segun Oni; and the National Legal Adviser, Muiz Banire, among others.

A source said that the meeting was convened to trash out internal issues like disputes among members and the progress made by the Federal Government in executing the party’s campaign promises.

There are feelers also that national issues including security were discussed at the meeting.

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We Are In The Dark Over Ministerial Appointments- APC Leaders

Some members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have raised alarm that the party leaders are in the ‘’dark’’ over the president’s ongoing process to appoint his ministers this month.

The president had promised to appoint his ministers this month and by the nation’s constitution, he is expected to appoint a minister each from the 36 states of the federation.

Although the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie Oyegun, said in an exclusive interview recently that the leadership of his party would henceforth insist on ‘’party’s supremacy’’ and be fully involved in subsequent appointments by the president,  some leaders of the party however said there was nothing to suggest that the party is being carried along.

‘’We read in the newspapers like every other Nigerian that President Muhammadu Buhari promised to appoint his ministers this month of September. But we, the leaders of the party are in the dark over the process; the president is not talking to us,”  a member of the NWC of the party who pleaded anonymity told THISDAY…”

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APC Leaders React To Buhari’s New Appointments

The announcement of new appointments by President Muhammadu Buhari has caused an outrage in the ruling All Progressives Congress.

Leaders of the APC, who spoke to reporters, complained that the appointments tilted in favour of the North and said the party must move fast to cope with the backlash of expected rumblings in the polity.

“The President does not consult before making most of these appointments and I can tell you that Nigerians are going to term the party and the President as a northern party and the President of Northern Nigeria,” a leader of the party said.

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Opposition Within APC: What Buhari Should Do By Zayyad I. Muhammad

One of the biggest political challenges that President Muhammadu Buhari is facing is the opposition within his party- the All Progressives Congress (APC), especially at the National Assembly. How Buhari tackles the ‘rebellion’ will determine how smooth he will run his government, the fortunes of his party- the APC, especially in future elections, and how members of the APC will view the supremacy of the party.
Being the President of the nation, Buhari enjoys the support of his party leadership most importantly, that of the party leader, Ahmed Bola Tinubu and other senior party stalwarts, thus Buhari has upper hands against the opposition within the APC. Having opposition within a political party is natural and healthy for a democracy, however what is happening in the APC is unique- the ‘rebels’ have their calculations linked to future elections and are in close romance with the ousted external opposition, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Buhari has some very strong and reliable weapons to tackle this opposition within his party; first, he must make sure that procedures and laid down processes are followed to the letter in every aspect of government business including in the legislature- especially when it comes public fund expenditure. Secondly, Buhari’s posture of ‘no more business as usual’ should be unfailingly adhered to. These two are strong weapons because a lot of individuals in the National Assembly who are aligning themselves to the ‘opposition within’ are doing so hoping that when the ‘kill’ is ready, they will enjoy the ‘spoil’.
Most crises in the National Assembly have been connected to struggles by the actors to be part of those who will enjoy political spoils. The ‘rebellion’ against the APC leadership by some of its members in the National Assembly cannot also be far from that. A closer look at the APC legislators in the National Assembly whom the public see as major forces behind the rebellion reveal old termers in red and green chambers, who fully understand and have tasted the ‘honey’ that comes with being close to the leadership of the National Assembly. When things are allowed to work as they ought to and the expected ‘spoils’ no longer come, Nigerians will be relieved and most of the actors will sheath their swords.
Some people are suggesting that the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, EFCC should send for the ‘like mind actors’ and dig into their past. Definitely something can be found out against most of them; however there will be backlash and accusations of political witch-hunting and misuse of security agencies. In fact, using the EFCC to resolve political issues is a wrong and condemnable. Buhari should rather firmly stand on his vow to allow process and procedures to follow laid down rules. Toxic politicians in the National Assembly and even in the executive will come back to their senses when this is done.  
Fourth, Buhari should take the path of reconciliation and employ the spirit of give and take: This is would be the best for all the parties- the APC, its leadership and Buhari would be appeased, while the APC caucus of the National Assembly will be crisis free. But would the gladiators, especially in the Senate submit to party supremacy, which they preached to the masses during election? There are reports that Senate President Bukola Saraki is seeking the blessings of the Emir of Ilorin to intervene between him and Buhari. This means Saraki is now more worried, having seen the Dogora group in the House of Representatives bow to party supremacy. Having seen the writings on the walls and the growing public anger, the group acceded to the party’s decision and announced Femi Gbajabiamila as the house leader. Bukola can also thread the same path.
Some observers are saying Saraki’s strong romance with the PDP, the commitment he has to his like-minded colleagues and the politics of 2019 make this a difficult path for him. One may understand Saraki worries, he traded off the position of the deputy senate president to the minority PDP, and many see that as desperation to be senate president and also a betrayal of his party leadership- no party leadership can condole such act.
Looking at Buhari’s position on the crisis, one can say Buhari has no issues with any of the actors, the President is rather asking them to follow and accept the supremacy of the party which was sold to the masses during the 2015 elections. Anybody the All Progressive Congress (APC) presented was voted for, and most of the actors were beneficiaries of the APC sack.
Zayyad I. Muhammad writes from Jimeta, Adamawa State, zaymohd@yahoo.com, 08036070980. He blogs atwww.zayyaddp.blogspot.com

Our Expulsion Is Illegal, Laughable- APC Leaders

The nine members of the All Progressives Congress suspended and later expelled   by the Bayelsa State chapter of the party, have described the actions against them as laughable.

They said through their leader, Richard Kpodo, that their suspension and   expulsion were “illegal, unconstitutional and a breach of due process.”

According to them, the actions against them was a deliberate act by “some questionable characters” to cause an implosion within the party in the state.

The APC had on Monday expelled two and suspended seven of its leaders for anti-party activities. The two expelled members are Kpodo, a former Security Adviser to the State Government   and   Sunday Oputu.

Those suspended are   Godwin Sidi, Fred Akamu, Rosemary Okeazi,   Livinus Opratapu, Harrow Zuokumo, Enoch Koripamo and Christopher Abariowei.

The APC Secretary in the state,   Marlin Daniel, had said that Kpodo and Oputu   left the APC to join the opposition.

But Kpodo said he and others   had filed a petition before the national leadership of the party.

He warned that   if the APC failed to put its house in order, it should forget winning the 2016 governorship election in the state.

He said, “It is funny that party men cannot come together and discuss the way forward for the good of our party. How can some persons accused of criminal charges be selected to lead the party.

“This is the result you will get. They did not follow the constitution; they did not provide an avenue for fair hearing. It is criminal.”

Kpodo, who has been having a running battle with a former governor and leader of the party in the state,   Timipre Sylva, accused him (Sylva) of promoting crisis within the party.


Jonathan’s Former Aide Describes APC Leaders As Buhari’s Problem

Erstwhile Special Adviser on Political Affairs to former President Goodluck Jonathan, Prof. Rufai Alkal has said that the greatest obstacle to President Muhammadu Buhari’s administration is not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and other political parties, but some of the over ambitious leaders and members of his party, the All Progressives Congress (APC).

Alkali said from the reactions of some leaders of the APC to the events at the National Assembly show that Buhari’s greatest problem is the people in the leadership of the APC.

Speaking to journalists on Sunday in Abuja, Alkali said the outcome of the result at the National Assembly has vindicated the PDP stance on the APC that it was not prepared to govern a complex nation like Nigeria.

He noted that Buhari would have to contend with some leaders of the party who believe they have invested so much in his election and cannot wait any longer to collect returns from their investment.

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APC Leaders, Senators Peace Meeting Ends Abruptly, Buhari Absent

A scheduled meeting between leaders of the All Progressives Congress, President Mohammadu Buhari and members of the National Assembly, elected on the party’s platform, ended abruptly on Tuesday.

This followed the emergence of Senator Bukola Saraki as President of the 8th Senate.

The party leaders and some elected Senators and members of the House of Representatives were at the International Conference Centre, Abuja, waiting for Buhari, when news filtered in that the Senate had been inaugurated and that Saraki had emerged unopposed.

As if this was not enough, Senator Ike Ekweremadu of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party defeated Senator Ali Ndume of the APC to clinch the slot of Deputy Senate President.

The emergency but belated meeting of the APC was slated for 9am while the inauguration was scheduled to hold at 10am. However, as of 10. 56am, the APC legislators at the ICC were still waiting for the President.

The notice of meeting, which was circulated, partly read, “The President and Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, Muhammadu Buhari, will address all Senators and House of Representatives members-elect of the All Progressives Congress at 9am this morning Tuesday, the 9th of June, at the International Conference Centre, Abuja. All concerned must endeavour to attend this meeting.”

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APC Leaders Ready For Crucial Meeting Over Zoning Of Key National Appointments

Some leaders and elders of the All Progressives Congress will on Wednesday hold a crucial meeting in Abuja to review the party’s performance in the just-concluded general elections.

The National Chairman of the party, John Oyegun, confirmed the meeting in a telephone interview with PREMIUM TIMES on Tuesday. He said the party would hold its National Executive Committee meeting next week.

Mr. Oyegun, a former governor of Edo State, refused to disclose the specific agenda of Wednesday’s meeting, which some believe was convened to consider the zoning of the office of the Senate President and that of the Speaker of the House of Representatives. He merely said “we are still looking at all options,” when asked what the party was doing about zoning of the National Assembly leadership positions.

There has been anxiety in the polity over which of the geo-political zones would produce the two presiding officers and their deputies following inability of the APC contestants in the South East to win a single seat in the March 28 National Assembly elections. All 15 senatorial seats and 43 House seats in the zone were won by the Peoples Democratic Party.

The APC had originally planned to zone the Senate Presidency or the office of Speaker to the South East, comprising Anambra, Abia, Ebonyi, Imo and Enugu since its presidential candidate and now president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari, is from the North West zone and his deputy, Yemi Osinbajo, from the South West zone.

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