Their are worrying signs that the ruling All Progressive Congress, APC, may not be united going into the 2023 general elections. This is according to the body language of President Muhammadu Buhari and the caretaker chairman of the party, Governor Mai Mala Buni.
Their handling of party affairs has left many members wondering if the APC are serious about retaining power in 2023.
Winning the upcoming elections goes beyond just receiving decampees from the opposition parties. It also involves having a united front ahead of the battle for who replaces Buhari as President.
In this article, I'll be looking at three reasons l believe the APC might break up before the 2023 Elections.
Delayed National convention
Refusing to hold a National Convention since the Adams Oshiomhole led NEC was sacked in 2020 has become a source of concern for party members. The caretaker chairman since assumption of office has refused to fix a date for the party convention, with allegations that the present NEC is planning to extend their tenure till 2022 when primaries would be held across the country. If that happens, then the APC might split up, as such arrangements usually favour a few and not all.
The individual ambitions of some members could end up splitting the party into factions as witnessed during the Goodluck Jonathan administration when some members of the PDP decamped to the APC to help Buhari win the Presidency in 2015. If the current internal crisis of the party is not quickly check, it could cost the party the ability to retain power at the centre. As it is today, former Lagos Governor Asiwaju Bola Tinubu is leading one faction while Governor Buni and some of his colleagues are leading another. The President's men led by Mamman Daura, Babagana Kingibe, and Abubakar Malami are also not left out in the political calculations of who replaces Buhari in 2023.
If Buhari Decides To Pick His Unpopular Successor
Another way the party can break up is if the President decides to single handedly pick his successor without allowing the party have their say. This could be a problem especially if the candidate is unpopular among Nigerians.
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