There are strong indications that some All Progressives Congress, APC, Governors are plotting to seize the control of the party, as part of efforts to install President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor in 2023. It was gathered that despite Buhari’s meeting with the APC Governors on Thursday, and his discussions with the party’s States Chairmen on Friday, about 20 Governors are pressing ahead with the plot to remove the National Chairman of the party, Adams Oshiomhole. It was learnt Oshiomhole’s fate is linked with the desperation of the Governors to install Buhari’s successor, and determine those who would succeed them.
The Chairman of the Forum of the APC States Chairmen, who is the party’s Chairman in Zamfara State, Ali Bukar, had at the meeting with the President on Friday, appealed to Buhari to caution the Governors.
He had said: “Let me also express our recent worries regarding the activities of some of the Governors who are undermining the efforts of the National Chairman of our great party, Adams Oshiomhole, to reposition the party, by plotting his removal.
“It is more worrisome, knowing full well that they are not doing this because the National Chairman is not performing his duties according to the constitution, but they are fighting him, due to their 2023 Presidential ambitions, when it is a notorious fact that President had just commenced his second term in Office a few months ago.”
A top member of the APC National Working Committee, on Monday, said that most of the party’s ambitious Governors are behind the moves to remove Oshiomhole.
The source, who spoke on condition of anonymity for fear of retribution, said: “Everything that is happening is all about 2023. We know that these things are being propelled by the desire of Governors to secure their political future post-Buhari, do not forget we are the ruling party, and we are doing everything lawful to ensure it remains so beyond 2023.
“Outgoing Governors want to pick those who will succeed them. They also want President Muhammadu Buhari’s successor to come from within their ranks, and they hold the opinion that for this to happen, they need to control the party at all levels.
“Whether you like it or not, any group, which controls the party at whatever level, has leverage over others. They know Oshiomhole is strong-willed, so they want someone who they have a hold on to fit into their plans. That is all that is happening, nothing more.”
However, a source in the APC Governors Forum stated that Oshiomhole arranged the State Chairmen’s meeting with Buhari, as part of efforts to prevent his removal.
The source revealed: “It is becoming increasingly clear to Oshiomhole, that more Governors were turning against him. A few weeks ago, 5 Governors were supporting him. Even a North-West Governor, who was supporting him a few weeks ago, has abandoned him. At the last count, those supporting him are not up to 4.”