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How National Convention May Further Divide APC Into Factions

After so much anticipation, the ruling All Progresives Congress has come up with a timeframe for the national convention. But rather than uniting the political party, the convention may be another cause for division within the party ahead of the next general elections.

The president, Muhammadu Buhari, has given his nod for the exercise to come up in February, 2022. No specific date in the month has been given. But the party has not addressed its differences and on that note the party would be divided along interest lines.

As at this moment, the APC has not completed congresses in some states of the federation. The congress in Oyo State has become a subject of division. Even the caretaker committee called a meeting so as to resolve the leadership crisis. Mr. Isaac Omodewu, who was reportedly elected as chairman, has been rejected by top leaders in Oyo State.

Likewise, there is division at the Zamfara State chapter of the party. Since the return of Mr. Bello Matawalle into the party, the state chapter of the APC has been facing tougher challenges. Mr. Kabiru Marafa, a top member of the party in the state, has argued that he can't be intimidated out of the party. Certain accusations were levelled against him by the national secretariat.

More specifically, the Punch Newspaper reported that about 12 state chapters have issues. The case of Osun is also there. Osun State APC is divided into factions. A side is loyal to Governor Adegboyega Oyetola while another queues behind Rauf Aregbesola. The national convention would further divide the party.

From another angle, the APC was not formed from scratch. It's a merger of some political parties. The defunct Congress for Progressive Change, the Action Congress of Nigeria, a fragment of the People's Democratic Party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, the All Nigerian People's Party came together to form the party.

To a large extent, the party can be observed from the prism of its formation. There are caucuses within the party. Take for instance, Mr. Ali Modu Sheriff used to belong to the PDP. He now wants to head the APC. It's most likely he gets support from former PDP members.

Likewise, Mr. Tanko Al-Makura, a former governor on the platform of the CPC, is in the race. It is most likely he gets backup from the caucus. All things point to one fact. There will be a serious struggle for the national secretariat of the APC and the convention may further divide the party.



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