- The leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are currently in a disagreement of who to replace the suspended Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF)
- Some members of the working committee have accused the National secretary of making effort to impose a replacement for Babachir Lawal on the party
- These aggrieved party members have also written a petition to the national chairman of the APC John Oyegun
The All Progressives Congress Party (APC) is currently experiencing some discord over the suspension of the former Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF) Babachir Lawal, Punch reports.
Lawal before his appointment as the SGF by the President Muhammadu Buhari's administration was a member of the national working committee of the APC.
He was the APC national vice chairman in the North-East.
NAIJ.com gathered that the party is currently divided on who should replace the suspended SGF.
Stakeholders of the party from the North-East have disposed the idea of electing a replacement for Lawal through a congress.
However, some party members are said to be working towards imposing a replacement on the party thereby creating some kind of agitation among other members.
It was also gathered that some of the aggrieved members have written a petition to APC's national chairman John Oyegun to forestall the moves.
The petition, titled, "Complaint on the brazen abuse of due process and injustice in the nomination for the replacement of the National Vice-Chairman, North East" was submitted on Wednesday, June 28, and signed Umar Duhu, Usman Iya-Abbas and Umar Sanda-Sani
The petition accused the APC's national secretary Mai Mala Buni of masterminding the replacement of the SGF.
Part of the petition reads: “We write to express our sadness and total dissatisfaction with the way the National Secretary of our great party (Mai Mala Buni) handled the process for the replacement of the vacant position of the National Vice-Chairman (North-East), which was zoned to Adamawa State at the APC National Convention in 2014 and was declared vacant at the last NEC meeting."
“We, the undersigned, have been individually consulting party leaders and making efforts to secure support to emerge as successful candidates through due process as provided for in the APC Constitution (October 2014 as Amended).
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“We, the aspirants, expressed our interest in writing to the National Chairman. In fact, one of us, Umar Duhu, has secured the full nomination of all the four APC governors in the North-East, distinguished senators, honourable members of the House of Representatives, Speakers of the State Houses of Assembly and notable leaders of the party in the zone.”
The APC was also given a seven-day ultimatum to act on the petition or be prepared to legal action.
However, the national publicity secretary of the APC Bolaji Abdullahi in his reaction said he is yet to see a copy of the petition.
“I have not seen the petition or the letter being referenced. If by tomorrow I see it, then, I can comment," Abdullahi said.
You can watch this NAIJ.com video of Nigerians lamenting the APC-led administration: