President Muhammadu Buhari has waded into the lingering crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
According to The Nation, the President, who is the leader of the party, has raised a three-man team to liaise with those who have an axe to grind with National Chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
The newspaper quoted a source as saying the President is considering asking the National Caucus of the party to wade into the crisis and help resolve it.
“The President has raised a three-man compact team to reach out to the governors to allow peace to reign by sheathing their swords. He also asked the team to give assurance that he will try to reconcile all.
“The team has been engaging some of the aggrieved governors and party leaders on the way forward.
“It pains the President that his administration is being distracted at a time he had rolled out plans to make a difference in his second term. He could not understand why APC has to be embroiled in an unnecessary crisis,” the source reportedly said.
The crisis spiralled last week Wednesday after a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court ordered Oshiomhole to stop parading himself as APC national chairman following an application of interlocutory injunction filed by one Oluwale Atolagbe.
Justice Danlami Senchi held that the order is pending the determination of the substantive suit seeking his removal as the party’s national chairman.
But on Thursday, a Federal High Court sitting in Kano, restored Oshiomhole as the party’s national chairman, asking that the status quo in the party be maintained.
With the two sides arming themselves with different court orders, the Inspector General of Police (IGP) Mohammed Adamu asked them to stay away from the party Secretariat. The building is currently under lock and key.
The Deputy National Secretary of the party, Victor Giadom, also summoned an emergency meeting of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) slated for Tuesday, March 17, which has been described as “illegally convened”.
Although Giadom summoned the meeting as Acting Secretary, his authority is no longer tenable following the appointment of Arc. Waziri Bulama as substantive National Secretary.
In a statement on Saturday, the APC National Working Committee (NWC) asked NEC members to shun the meeting as it was in contravention of the party’s constitution.
“The said Victor Giadom is not vested with any Constitutional Powers to convene any Meeting of the National Executive Committee. Neither has he been so directed by the National Chairman,” the committee said in the statement jointly signed by National Legal Adviser, Babatunde Ogala, National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu and National Secretary, Arc. Waziri Bulama.
“The National Working Committee therefore disassociates itself from the said illegal and unauthorized Notice of Meeting of the National Executive Committee.
“Members of the National Executive Committee and the totality of the members of our great Party are therefore requested to ignore the said Notice and/or invitation as a product of mischief that should not be given any probative value.
“The National Working Committee (NWC) shall continue to protect our Constitution and convene its meetings and the National Executive Committee Meetings in accordance with the provisions of the Party Constitution.”