Like a man who while his enemies are perfecting plans to set him on fire, decides to go on a petrol storing mission, the All Progressive Congress is accumulating all sorts of combustible materials with which it would set its own house on fire.
Just yesterday, Vanguard reported that chieftains of the APC who have initiated moves to reconcile the aggrieved camps and bring back peace to the party met a brick wall in Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. Tinubu is apparently still trying to recover from the audacious elections of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon Yakubu Dogara as President of the 8th Senate and Speaker of the 8th House of Representatives contrary to the wishes of their party on June 4.
If you recall that Saraki had, on June 9, in the company of his Senators of ‘Like Minds’ elected on the platform of the APC marched into the Senate chambers while the other APC senators-elect were waiting to have a meeting presumably called by President Muhammadu Buhari at the International Conference Centre (ICC).
With the support of senators elected on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), Saraki was elected unopposed over his opponent Senator Ahmed Lawan who was favoured by the party. A few hours later, the House of Representatives, also elected Dogara as Speaker. The situation at the senate was however complicated by the election of a member of the PDP as Saraki’s deputy.
And things have not been the same for the APC since that day. It started with the APC immediately rejecting the elections and threatening to sanction Saraki and Dogara. This was followed by the call for the resignation of the party’s national chairman, Chief John Oyegun by deputy national publicity secretary, Comrade Timi Frank. Frank cited Oyegun’s failure to harmonize the interests of members of the party which led to the rebellion in the national assembly.
Frank indicated that the chairman’s concession to suggestions of mock elections that threw up Lawan and Gbajabimila as official candidates of the party contributed to the situation that the party has at hand.
Reports during the week also indicated that President Muhammadi Buhari, in spite of his public acceptance of the elections of Saraki and Dogara has refused to meet with the Senate President. These reports suggested that Saraki’s visit to former President Olusegun on Thursday was to appeal to the former president to reconcile him to Buhari. All of these indicate that there are very fundamental disagreements within the APC. Add this to Tinubu’s alleged insistence that Saraki and Dogara must take out adverts in the newspapers to apologize to the party and you have a scary situation which may threaten the party to its foundation and distort the hope of Nigerians for progressive change.
Already Nigerians are getting agitated by the late take-off of the government as signified in the failure to appoint people into important offices like that of secretary to the government of the federation , chief of staff to the president as well as 15 special advisers that the Senate approved for the president two weeks ago.
Although supporters of the APC would have us believe that nothing is slow yet about this administration, the truth is that the country is currently marching on one spot and it is the time for the government to seize the moment and set the economy on a roll. Now for that to happen, combatants in the APC will need to come together and sheathe their swords.
The Presidents needs all the help he can get currently and nothing could be more distracting that a house against itself would.