APC Crisis ahead of 2019 Election:Will Odigie-Oyegun Succumb To ‘Enemies’ Firepower?


APC Crisis: Will Odigie-Oyegun Succumb To ‘Enemies’ Firepower? Following the reservations expressed by its national leader, President Muhammadu Buhari, at its National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Tuesday, is the All Progressives Congress (APC) ready and/or willing to rescind its earlier resolution granting a one-year tenure extension to its National Working Committee (NWC) led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun? Senior Deputy Editor, TAIWO AMODU, examines the implication of the initial Pyrrhic victory of the anti-Oyegun camp and the counter force mounted by the embattled chairman and his supporters for the ruling party. AHEAD of 2019 general election, what appears to be the immediate, major obstacle before the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is not how to retain power, but the seeming herculean task of dislodgment of its National Working Committee led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun. It is a task the anti-Oyegun forces have saddled themselves but have not been able to execute. It has since polarised the party chieftains: governors, federal lawmakers and even the Presidency into camps of pro- and anti-Oyegun forces. It is a war of attrition that has dragged on for long, since 2016 when a national leader of the party and former Lagos State governor, Senator Bola Tinubu and the embattled former Edo State governor engaged each other in media diatribe over the management of the party affairs. Last October, plot by the anti-Oyegun forces to remove him was aborted at the meeting of NEC as the organ of the party passed a vote of confidence in his leadership. Last February, Chief Odigie-Oyegun and his sympathisers further consolidated their grip on the ruling party’s national secretariat as the APC NEC granted the national chairman and his team and by extension, its executive at state chapters, one year extension. By the proclamation of NEC, the tenure of the chairman, which was to terminate in June 2018, was extended to June 2019.
At the end of the NEC session, an unapologetic backer of Chief Odigie-Oyegun and Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, was mandated to brief newsmen on its resolution. Governor Bello told newsmen that the decision was taken to avoid crisis that an elective convention, barely a year to the general election, could throw up. He further noted that it could complicate the existing internal dissension within the ruling party.

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