APC Crisis: 6 Major ‘Battles’ For Tinubu To Solve

Ronke Sanya  
Updated February 20, 2018


President Muhammadu Buhari moved by the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) on February 6 appointed the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu to lead the reconciliation process of members of the party.

The move, President Buhari said is part of the on-going efforts to improve cohesion within the party. Tinubu is designated to lead the consultation, reconciliation and confidence-building efforts.

As many Nigerians anticipate the reconciliation results of the Tinubu-led delegation, Channels Television highlights the major battles which the national leaders will have to solve.

These conflicts which cut across, Kaduna, Kano, Oyo, Ekiti, Kogi and Rivers State are noted to be majorly geared towards the 2019 elections and the battle for supremacy and ego.

The crisis in Kaduna APC can be said to be the most frequent. It has escalated to the emergence of a new faction in the state. The new faction was formed by members loyal to the two suspended APC Senators Suleiman Hunkuyi and Shehu Sani in the state. The crisis got messier on Tuesday, February 20, when secretariat was demolished by some soldiers allegedly supervised by governor Nasir El-Rufai. recently, making the political feud stronger. Senator Shehu Sani in his usual way of criticising the state government said he wonders why Governor El-Rufai a democratically elected governor would demolish a building without notice.

The political feud between the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye, and Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello, has developed into a dramatic scenario with the political actors continuing to seize every opportunity to take shots at each other. The feud has resulted in an attempt to recall Senator Melaye and the Senator, in turn, has created a number of viral moments, most notably through a song in a viral-video on social media. The Senator has also openly criticised the state governor repeatedly.

Rabiu Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Ganduje worked two terms together as governor and deputy but now, their relationship is rocked by crisis. Kwankwaso who is now the Senator representing Kano central was recently prevented from visiting Kano State for security reasons.  The Police Commissioner in Kano State, Rabi’u Yusuf advised Kwankwaso, not to visit the state for a planned political rally on the grounds of maintaining ‘peace and security.’ This ‘advice’ did not go down well with Kwankwanso’s supporters who claimed that the Senator is being targeted by Ganduje.

Even in Ekiti State where there is no sitting APC governor, the party is not without crisis. Heavy weights including former governor Kayode Fayemi and Special Adviser to President Muhammadu Buhari on Political Matters, Babafemi Ojodu are not on good terms. And many believe it would take a lot to reconcile both men.

In Oyo State, Governor Abiola Ajimobi and Buhari’s Communications Minister Adebayo Shittu are not in good terms while in Rivers State, Senator Magnus Abe and former governor Rotimi Amaechi are at logger heads, deepening the crisis rocking the ruling APC.

Several party members have welcomed the appointment of Tinubu to lead the party’s reconciliation committee.

For Senator Shehu Sani, it is the last attempt to save it from getting into more crisis.

What are your thoughts about APC’s reconciliation efforts?