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2019: APC battles to resolve crises in 12 state chapters

Leaders of the All Progressives Congress are concerned about the crises, which have enmeshed at least 12 state chapters of the party.

It was gathered on Saturday that the fear of the party leaders increased on July 12 when the Supreme Court delivered a judgment, which resolved the factional crisis in the opposition Peoples Democratic Party.

It was learnt that at a meeting of its governors and the National Working Committee on Wednesday in Abuja, the APC decided to speed up its reconciliation process.

A leader of the party, who confided in our correspondent, noted that less than two years to the 2019 elections, the APC had not resolved crises in about 12 of its state chapters.

He listed the states as Gombe, Borno, Bauchi, Ondo, Kogi, Kaduna, Kano, Niger, Plateau, Ogun, Lagos and Enugu.

The party chieftain, who craved anonymity, said the APC had not been able to resolve the crisis in its Gombe State chapter since the 2015 governorship election was concluded

He stated, “The state chapter of the party has been in turmoil since we lost the governorship election to the PDP in 2015. Trouble began during the 2015 primary election. The party broke into two factions with one led by Magaji Doho and the other by Karu Ishaya.

“They are backed by two prominent leaders – former governor and now senator, Danjuma Goje, and former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives and also a senator, Usman Nafada.”

It was gathered that the governorship ambition of Senator Abu Kyari, (Borno North) was the basis for the crisis in the Borno State chapter as this had put him on collision course with the state Governor, Kashim Shettima.

In Bauchi State, investigations showed that relationship between the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and other Abuja-based political office holders from the state on one hand,  and Governor Mohammed Abubakar was not cordial.

In Ondo State, our correspondent learnt that the crisis, which led to the election of Rotimi Akeredolu, as the governor of the state has not been resolved.

The pre-election crisis which made a leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu, to demand the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun has worsened.

The battle for the control of the soul of the APC in Kogi State has pitted Governor Yahaya Bello against most members of the state chapter of the party. More pronounced is his spat with the Senator representing Kogi West Senatorial district, Dino Melaye.

Bello is being accused of pushing for Dino’s recall from the National Assembly. The Prince Tony Momoh-led fact finding and reconciliation committee has since submitted its report and recommended that the governor should be more accommodating.