Nigeria: APC Crises Deepens As Saraki Ignores Letter From Party

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Senator Bukola Saraki

The crises currently rocking the APC seem to have no end in sight. After the NASS elections in which Senator Bukola Saraki and Honourable Dogara emerged leaders of the Senate and House of Representatives respectively against the party’s wishes, there have been several moves aimed at appeasing aggrieved members and factions. One of the ways through which aggrieved members can be appeased usually involves settlements with appointments.

As an attempt to try to appease members who felt slighted and short changed by the result of the elections, the leadership of the APC wrote a letter to the senate president in which they listed the names of those who should fill the top available positions in the Senate. The names and posts to be occupied are: Senator Ahmed Lawan for Majority Leader, Senator George Akume for Deputy Majority Leader, Senator Sola Adeyeye Chief Whip and Senator Abu Ibrahim, for Deputy Chief Whip. This situation was brought to the open by Senator Gbenga Ashafa.

Senator Ashafa had raised a point of order at plenary, indicating that the senate president Senator Saraki had been sent a letter from the leadership of the APC indicating the wishes of the party concerning those to become the principal officers of the house. The purpose of the point of order was to get the senate president to read the letter to the house. However, the Saraki faction of APC senators rejected this arrangement, insisting that the APC caucus in the house should be the ones to decide which of them will fill the four remaining positions and not the party leadership.

With this latest occurrence, it is clear that while the APC leadership has its plans, the other faction also have theirs. This shows a continued deepening of the rift in the APC. With the increased agitation for posts and the continued interference from the party without the support of the entire party, it is looking likely that in a short while, there will either be a disintegration of the party or another round of cross carpeting. Only time shall tell.

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