The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may be swimming in stormy waters following a crack within the top echelon of the party over alleged high handedness of the National Chairman of the Party, Abdullai Adamu.
National Vice Chairman of the party in North-west and member of APC National Working Committee, Mallam Salihu Moh Lukman has threatened to drag Adamu to court if the National Chairman fails to convene NEC meeting within a week.
The APC chieftain, in a letter made available to newsmen Wednesday in Abuja, titled: “Restoring Constitutional Order in APC – Not Negotiable, Open Letter to Sen. Abdullahi Adamu” warned Adamu-led NWC against “acting as a Trojan Horse programmed to destroy our party.
“Only compliance with and respect for our constitution by allowing all our superior organs, notably NEC, National Caucus and NAC, to function and take decisions accordingly, which should be binding on all party leaders and members can secure our party. This is not negotiable!”
“As a person, I have concluded that everything must be done to compel you to respect the constitution of our party and manage its affairs based on the requirements of our constitution and not your personal discretion.
“Therefore, by this open letter, I am serving you notice of one week from today, being Wednesday, April 19, 2023 to take all the appropriate steps required to convene a NEC meeting before May 29, 2023 wherein all the issues bordering on the management of smooth transition between the outgoing government of President Buhari and the incoming government of President Asiwaju Tinubu can be considered.
“If by the end of this one-week notice, no action is taken to convene a NEC meeting as the first step to restore constitutional order in APC, I will not hesitate to take further actions, including approaching our courts to enforce compliance with the provisions of our party’s constitution under your leadership.”
Lukman said his earlier letter to the national chairman dated April 5, 2023, was ignored, hence, he made the current letter an open letter.
“Given the shameful outcome of the Osun 2022 Governorship election and the embarrassing outcome of the 2023 general elections in Osun State whereby we lost all the three Senatorial seats, all the House of Representatives seats and all the House of Assembly seats in the state, the National Secretary, Sen. Iyiola Omisore who is the most senior party leader in the state should immediately resign.
“In addition, the NWC should recommend to NEC that a high-powered reconciliation committee should be set up to facilitate reconciliation of all party leaders in Osun state.
“In order to demonstrate commitment that we are going to restore constitutional order in the party, actions should commence on all these and NWC should meet within the next two weeks from today, Wednesday, April 5, 2023 to review progress.”
The APC chieftain warned that if the current situation in the party is allowed to continue, “We are unfortunately setting the stage for destroying the relationship that exists between outgoing President Buhari and incoming President Asiwaju Tinubu.
“Anyone who is working to destroy a political relationship that inspired the successful achievement of the first political merger negotiation in the political history of Nigeria, which led to the first defeat of a ruling party for Nigeria, doesn’t mean well for Nigerian democracy.”