The All Progressives Congress (APC), this Saturday, may just be walking into the greatest crises that it has ever witnesed. The leadership of the party has insisted that the congresses slated for today (Saturday) will still go on as scheduled. This is despite warnings by some members and legal experts that the party may be falling into a legal ditch if they proceed.
Following the minority judgment which held that it is illegal for Governor Mia Mala Buni to act as national chairman of the party, the party has been witnessing internal grumblings and warnings. The Supreme Court Justices reasoned that it is unconstitutional for a sitting governor to concurrently hold office as the acting national chairman of a political party.
I hear that the leadership of the party has halted its Congress in at least three states. I also hear that the President of the country and leader of the party, who is in the United Kingdom has directed the Vice President to intervene. We will await how the presidency will intervenes.
In the meantime, how the governing party handles this crisis may determine whether it will remain afloat or sink. If the current party leadership led by governor Buni conducts this contentious congresses, it may go along way to determine whether the party will be weakened or strengthened. One sure thing is that the ward congresses will be challenged in court.
Beyond the immediate lawsuits against the state congresses. The party will again need to defend whether the Buni-led Caretaker Committee was legitimate in the courts. This should be expected in the near future. Experts like Festus Keyamo (SAN) believes that, if the appropriate persons are joined in the suit, and the legal technicalities are gotten right, the APC will be in a big mess.
He (Keyamo) argued that the party risks not producing valid governorship and Presidential candidates in 2023 if Buni conducts these congresses and national convention. The opposition parties are waiting for how the APC handles these congresses and Convention. If the APC goes into the convention with the Buni-led exco, it will likely be courting numerous court cases.
I am not a legal expert. But I see real danger. The APC seem to be taking too many chances. The loss that the APC will suffer should Keyamo's argument be valid is huge. I think the party leadership should have a rethink and slowdown. The Congress that they claim to be holding today could go a long way to determine whether the party will sink in or swim out of this brewing challenge.
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