APC crisis may escalate

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•Shekarau, Marwa, may be expelled

By OKEY NDIRIBE, Abuja

There are indications that the crisis brewing within the All Progressives Congress Congress may   lead to the suspension or expulsion of several prominent members of the party who are currently perceived as working against its interestIt was learnt that some of the prominent members including   former governors may be shown the way out of the party if they continue to resist the take-over of the opposition party’s structures by the   G-5 governors who recently defected from the People’s Democratic Party.

A reliable source within the National Secretariat   of the party who spoke to Saturday Vanguard on condition of anonymity said the thinking within the leadership of the party is that the G-5 governors must be allowed to take over structures of the party in the affected states to enable them   provide the funds to strengthen the APC for the 2015 elections.

The G-5 governors who defected from the PDP were Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers; Murtala Nyako of Adamawa; Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano; Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Aliyu Wammako of Sokoto..

The source asked: “ Do you think   former Governors   Ibrahim Shekarau of Kano,   Bafarawa of Sokoto   or   rtd. Brig. Gen. Buba Marwa of Adamawa have the capacity to win elections in those states now? “
He continued: “We know that some of these people are PDP agents who want to sabotage APC from inside by causing all types of crisis”.

When reminded that most of the defected   governors would complete their second tenure by 2015 and may therefore not have much at stake during the forth-coming   polls, he said : “ If APC doesn’t win the states where the G-5 governors are currently in power, it means they would be politically finished. So they would surely throw in their resources to ensure that APC wins in their states to enable them   be in a vantage position to pursue their   future political career”.

”Who told you that some of them don’t have presidential ambition?” he asked.

The source however expressed confidence that the crisis would be resolved just like the various opposition parties were able to overcome all their differences and merge.

Said he: “ When political battles are fought, it is either you   win,   lose and   leave or reconcile”.

It would be recalled that the G-5 governors defected after reportedly   reaching an agreement with the leadership of APC that the party’s structures in the five states would be handed over to them.

However, since they defected they have faced stiff resistance from prominent members of the party   especially former governors in their attempt to take over APC structures in the affected states.

When contacted by phone yesterday, the National Publicity Secretary of the party Alhaji Lai Mohammed dismissed certain media reports about the crisis as the handiwork of the PDP.

He admitted that the party was aware of the disagreement within some state chapters of the party but said a National Reconciliation Committee had been set up to handle the situation.

 

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