…Fresh crisis looms as national leadership, state caretaker c’ttee face-off
Barring last minutes changes in the arrangements, the National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC) will hold on the first weekend of December.
A source close to the party told newsmen that according to the arrangements, after the State Congresses in October and the Anambra governorship election in November, the party’s National Executive Committee, (NEC), will meet to rectify the timetable and schedule of activities for the National Convention.
Meanwhile, unless urgent intervention comes from the presidency, there are strong indications that the ruling party may be enmeshed in a fresh crisis as the national leadership and hitherto loyal state Caretaker Committee Chairmen have declared war on each other over the recently concluded Congresses and date for the conduct of National Convention.
The love lost is hinged on what some of the state Caretaker Committee Chairmen described as reneging by the national leadership on the agreements reached with the forum.
They had specifically frowned at the situation where the national leadership endorsed the charade Congresses conducted in some states, lamenting that the national leadership ignored many of them that complained about the unfair treatment meted on them during the Congresses.
Confirming the situation, the Enugu State Caretaker Committee Chairman, Ben Nwoye, had stated that he has personally declared war against the national leadership, threatening fire and brimstone over their lukewarm attitude to the injustice melted on him by their member, Senator Ken Nnamani.
Asked if the Forum of State Chairmen is no longer functional, he said: ‘They have killed the Forum. Many of the Forum members are no longer interested due to the manner the National Caretaker Committee has endorsed some illegality in their States.’