APC ready to face tsunami as 13 governors consider leaving party and insist on Buni presidency

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  • The crisis in the All Progressives Congress has taken a different turn with governors threatening to quit the party
  • Governors aggrieved by illegal decision to replace Interim Committee Chairman Mai Mala-Buni with his Niger State colleague
  • Governor says some colleagues are focused on feeding the president with misinformation about what’s going on in the party

There are indications that around 13 governors of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are poised to jettison the party over the drama of replacing Acting Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) Chairman Mai Mala -Buni.

While insisting that Buni be the national chairman of the committee, Legit.ng found that these state governors are on a collision course with their colleagues who have decided to stay in the party.

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Mai Mala Buni
APC governors insist that Mai Mala-Buni should not be illegally expelled Photo: Mai Mala-Buni
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They threatened to leave the party if the decision taken at the National Executive Council of the APC in 2020 that Buni should lead the party until the holding of the national convention was not respected by President Muhammad Buhari and other members of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF).

Sources said the governors decision came to a head after the decision to replace Buni with his Nigerian state counterpart Governor Sani Bello was made by key party members.

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The source said the 13th Governor had a meeting in Abuja on the night of Monday, March 7, where they hinted at their plans to leave the party amid the uncertainty of the crisis that is rocking the party.

Another source close to one of the state governors said the team described Bello’s replacement of Buni as an illegality that cannot be tolerated.

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He said the governors were weighing the option of teaming up with the opposition party since three of them had decamped from the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).

A Governor’s Position on the APC Crisis

A governor from the northeast region of the country who is part of the team alleged that the cabal formed by the colleagues snuffed out the life of the ruling APC.

The governor said:

“The party has been reduced to the equivalent of a gang of drug dealers where decisions are now based on who can best manipulate President (Muhammadu) Buhari.

“Even if the APC governors were constituted as a sort of electoral college to make decisions for the party, which they are not, there is no way that seven is greater than thirteen.”

“When you have only seven governors imposing their decision on thirteen governors of equal competence, you know there is a problem.”

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He further noted that while they are not saying that Governor Buni should continue as President of the CECPC forever, due process should be done by following due process when replacing or removing him.

His words:

“There’s the right way to go about it, not a character sneaking up on the president to speak out in the dark of night and then walking out throwing the president’s name.

“If they want us to argue with them as fellow APC governors, we’re ready. But this thing about being dictatorial needs to stop.”

“It’s a democracy, and the APC has to operate like a democracy. Otherwise, there’s no example we’re showing anyone as leaders.”

Meanwhile, the 13 governors are said to have instructed their various state attorneys general to write legal opinions on the illegality of what happened at the party office on Monday, March 7.

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APC crisis: Southwest elders react to moves to remove Buni as chairman of interim committee

The main elders of the ruling APC have made their position known in the current crisis within the party.

The elders said they would not accept the replacement of Governor Mai Mala-Buni by his colleague from Niger State.

Calling the alleged impeachment of Governor Buni illegal, the sages warned that actions taken by party stakeholders will haunt the APC in the general election.

Why I replaced Buni, Governor Sani Bello makes a shocking revelation

Legit.ng previously reported that Governor Sani Bello admitted that Buni’s replacement was a decision made due to his absence as chairman of the APC’s interim committee.

Sani Bello first chaired the Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) in Abuja.

The Niger state governor, who presided over the swearing-in of the state president, said measures were underway ahead of the national convention.

Source: Legit.ng


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