- invalidates the newly appointed APC executives including Adams Oshiomhole
- says APC is worse than Jonathan led administration
By Ehi Ekhator
Despite the attempt to resolve the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC), a new faction emerged on Wednesday in Abuja.
It could be recalled that in the build-up to the 2015 General elections, some political parties and groups came together, and formed a brand new political party, the All Progressives Congress, APC. The merger was based on the strong belief that Nigeria had come of age, but was severely underperforming and unable to meet its potentials for good governance.
The new faction, Reformed APC (rAPC) are comprised of the old members of the Peoples Democratic Party, (PDP) and some members of the Buhari’s old party, CPC.
The party in a statement on Wednesday cited the impunity, disregard for the constitution and the new convention conducted by the party as the reason for its action.
The party appoints Buba Galadinma a former secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr Buhari’s former party as the Chairman; Prince Kassim Afegbua as its new Publicity Secretary, and a former minister and nPDP leader, Kawu Baraje.
Galadinma said”We are sad to report that after more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely dashed. The APC has run a rudderless, inept and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people. It has rather imposed dictatorship, impunity, abuse of power, a complete abdication of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, infidelity to the rule of law and constitutionalism. It has failed to ensure the security and welfare of our people and elevated nepotism to unacceptable height. The APC has failed to deliver on its key promises to the nation. There is no evidence of any political will to reverse the decline of our party, while leaders who have created these circumstances continue to behave as if Nigerians owe our party votes as a matter of right.
“The APC government has been a monumental disaster, even worse than the government it replaced. The political party that was a vehicle for enthroning the government was rendered powerless by manipulations and complete lack of due process in its operations.”
The statement also condemned the last convention held by the APC, describing the process that gave rise to the new executives, including the former governor of Edo State, Adams Oshiomhole who took over from the former party chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as unduly.
“The so-called National Convention of the APC was even worse. The National Convention of the party was ridiculed with constitutional infirmities that were so glaring and obvious that no fair-minded person can claim that a legitimate and lawful executive emerged from that process.
“The Chairman of the organising Committee, Jigawa State Governor, His Excellency, Alhaji Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, declared 18 seats unopposed and uncontested since only one valid candidate stood at the end of the grossly manipulated nomination exercise for each of the offices. He, therefore, proceeded to declare them duly elected in flagrant abuse and violence to the Constitution of the APC,” he said
The rAPC added:”We all witnessed on live television and at the venue, Eagles Square Abuja, that the Convention Chairman, only put the “Yes” question to all the delegates, using words to the effect: Do you affirm? Do you agree? There was no opportunity whatsoever given to the delegates to say whether they are voting “No” for any candidate as the “No” question was never put to them.
“It may well be that it the convention Chairman put the “No” Question, the voice vote for the “Noes”, may have been more. We will never know since it was never done, contrary to the express provisions of the APC Constitution. It is therefore unquestionably clear that the 18 officers of APC that was “Elected” through this process could not have been duly elected. This constitutional vice infected the offices of:
Comrade Adams Oshiomhole – National Chairman, Mai Mala Buni – National Secretary. Alhaji Ibrahim Masari – National Welfare Secretary, Tunde Bello – National Financial Secretary, Babatunde Ogala – National Legal Adviser, Bankole Oluwajana – National Vice Chairman (South West), Dr. Zakari Mohammed – Zonal Secretary (North Central), Abubakar Sadiq – Zonal Secretary (North East), Hassana Abdullahi – Zonal Woman Leader (North Central), Nelson Abba – Ex-officio (North-Central), Isa Azare – Ex-officio (North-East)Tukur Gusau – Zonal Secretary (North West), Nasiru Haladu – Ex-officio (North-West), Rachael Akpabio – Zonal Woman Leader (South South), Misbahu L. Didi – Representative of the physically challenged.”
Some of the National Officers of the R-APC include:
- Yobe State – Buba Galadima (National Chairman)
- Kano State – Bala Muhd Gwagwarwa (National Deputy Chairman, North)
- Abia State – Chief Theo Nkire (National Deputy Chairman, South East)
- Ondo State – Hon. Eko Olakunle (National Vice Chairman South West)
- Kaduna State – Hon. Hussaini Dambo (National Vice Chairman North West)
- Kogi State – Mahmud Mohammed Abubakar – (National Vice Chairman, North Central)
- Benue State – Hon. Godwin Akaan (Deputy National Secretary)
- Oyo State -Dr Fatai Atanda (National Secretary)
- Edo State – Kazeem Afegbua (National Publicity Secretary)
- Adamawa State – Daniel Bwala (Financial Secretary)
- Jigawa State – Abba Malami Taura (Deputy National Auditor)
- Kwara State – Kayode Omotosho (National Treasurer)
- Anambra State -Barr. Nicholas Asuzu (National Youth Leader)
- Rivers State – Barr. Baride A. Gwezia (Legal Adviser)
- Katsina State – Haj Aisha Kaita (National Woman Leader)
- Bauchi State – Mrs. Fatima Adamu (National Welfare Secretary)
- Ogun State -Alh. Isiak Akinwumi (Deputy Financial Secretary)
- Zamfara State – Alh. Bashir Mai Mashi (Deputy National Treasurer)
- Abuja – Hauwa Adam Mamuda (Deputy Welfare Secretary)
- Sokoto State – Hon. Shuaibu Gwanda Gobir (Deputy National Publicity Secretary)
- Katsina State – M. T. Liman (National Organising Secretary)
- Niger State – Dr Theo Sheshi ( Deputy National Organising Secretary.
- Some of the State Chairmen include:
- Adamawa – Dimas Ezra
- Anambra – Sir Toby Chukwudi Okwuaya
- Bauchi – Sani Shehu
- Benue – Noah Mark Dickson
- Jigawa – Hon. Nasiru Garba Dantiye
- Kaduna – Col. Gora (Rtd)
- Kano – Umar Haruna Doguwa
- Katsina – Sada Ilu
- Kogi – Alh. Hadi Ametuo
- Ogun – Alhaji Adeleke Adewale Taofeek
- Ondo – Hon. Otetubi Idowu
- Oyo – Alh. Ali Alimi Isiaka Adisa
- Yobe – Mohammed Burgo Dalah
- Zamfara – Alh. Nasiru Yakubu
- Niger – Hon. Samaila Yusuf Kontagora
- FCT – Adaji Usman
Rumour has it that many members of the National Assemblies including the senate president, Bukola Saraki and the speaker of the House of Assembly, Yakubu Dogara are also members of the newly formed faction.
However, a report has it that both the Senate President and this counterpart in the lower house were absent at the new faction headquarters while the RAPC announced his breakaway.