Buhari leads APC NEC members to meeting, hours from now, at Giadom’s behest
In a few hours from now, the All Progressives Congress will be holding its National Executive Committee meeting in Abuja.
The meeting is coming against the backdrop of a crisis that is threatening the foundation of the party’s unity.
The PDP which had serious issues in Edo managed to pull back from the brink Wednesday, thus setting an example in terms of party conflict resolution.
The understanding reached outside the courtroom despite flaring tempers amongst stakeholders has paved the way for party primaries which is holding today in Benin city.
Nigerians would be watching the APC as its leaders gather today.
The stakes are high, the competition stiff and nerves overawed. But leaders of the APC who would be confronted by major differences that have set them apart, may have to come clean from today’s meeting.
In many trouble spots like Rivers, the outcome of the NEC meeting would have far reaching consequences.
Igo Aguma was shot down by statutory members of his party for operating as a sole administrator and the costly mistake made in suspending Victor Giadom from the party.
Already, the President, Muhammadu Buhari, has indicated that he would be attending the meeting which is intended to deal primarily with differences within the ruling party, particularly regarding the rift within the NWC.
His decision to attend, analysts posit, would possibly lower the tension that is building up within the rank and file of the party.
Many Nigerians agree that the matter has been allowed to escalate unduly.
Some say the President has not acted sufficiently to end the crisis rocking his party.
Today, President Muhammadu Buhari would be at the head of the NEC meeting which would point the future direction of the APC.
Despite differences which have produced two claimants to the chairmanship position, today’s NEC meeting is being organised by Ag. National Chairman, Victor Giadom, who has been duly empowered by the courts to act.
Giadom interviewed by Channels Television Wednesday night revealed that all statutory members of NEC have been duly invited to attend Thursday’s meeting.
What will NEC do?
Aligning with the rule of law appears to be the only option left for a party that has been bedevilled by claims and counter claims.
Baring any untoward decision which may lead to the sacking of the NWC, chances are members of the group may be admonished to work together in the interest of peace.
The major issue that would be decided is the question of who leads the party.
Garba Shehu, SSA to the President on Media and Publicity said the President had consulted with his lawyers and would be attending the NEC meeting.
There are strong indications that the President may side with Giadom when NEC meets today.
An Abuja High Court had on March 16, 2020 ruled Adams Oshiomhole out and ordered Victor Giadom to take up the mantle in acting capacity.
A recent ruling by the Court of Appeal similarly affirmed the decision of the lower court.
As things are, Rotimi Amaechi and his allies may have the upper hand over Senator Bola Ahmed Tinubu and his stormtroopers.
Should that happen, the power equation within the APC, particularly in Rivers State, would be significantly altered.
Giadom may be empowered to lead the party in accordance with court decisions until the party is able to organize a convention.
Meanwhile, in Port Harcourt where there has been a fierce fight to stabilise the party, the Sokonte led Caretaker Committee is gathering momentum.
Members of the party have been paying solidarity visits since the team resumed work early this week at the Party Secretariat along the Port HarcourtHarcourt-Aba Expressway.
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