The new leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has informed President Bola Tinubu about the postponement of the anticipated National Caucus and National Executive Committee (NEC) meetings, according to sources. This update follows the recent resignation of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and National Secretary Iyiola Omisore, as announced by the Acting National Chairman of the APC, Senator Abubakar Kyari, within the past 24 hours.
It is reported that the National Working Committee (NWC) is considering October as a potential date for the National Convention to fill the vacant positions within the party. Aside from the positions of National Chairman and Secretary, other vacant positions include Deputy National Publicity Secretary and National Welfare Officer.
In an exclusive interview with The PUNCH, Dr. Ijeoma Arodiogbu, the National Vice Chairman for the South East, emphasized the importance of the caucus and NEC meetings as top priorities for the party. He mentioned that a letter has been sent to the president to inform him of the decision to postpone these meetings.
Arodiogbu dismissed concerns about potential vacancies and stated that individuals being considered for ministerial appointments are committed to retaining their party positions. He mentioned that the NEC date has not been finalized but speculated it might take place towards the end of the year, after the government settles down by announcing and inaugurating the cabinet.
While acknowledging that frozen accounts due to the leadership change might cause a slight delay in staff salaries and the day-to-day operations of the party, Arodiogbu expressed optimism that they will find a way to overcome these challenges.
An informed source revealed that representatives of the APC leadership, including the national chairman and secretary, are preparing to visit the president. The source also disclosed that several names are being considered for the positions left vacant by Adamu and Omisore.
Regarding the potential replacement for the national chairman, Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Abu Lolo, Silas Ali Agara, and a former governor of Plateau State are mentioned. As for the national secretary position, there is a desire to appoint someone from Osun State to strengthen the state and rally APC supporters, but the suitable candidate remains uncertain.
The focus of the NWC at the moment reportedly revolves around the NEC, reuniting party members, and reviewing the audit report. The source expressed confidence that after the NEC meeting, the National Convention could be scheduled for October. The status of Kyari, expected to be announced as a minister soon, in relation to his position as the acting national chairman is yet to be clarified.
Regarding the absence of Felix Morka, the National Publicity Secretary, who traveled to London two weeks ago, the source mentioned that he would be returning soon. Questions have been raised about Morka’s absence during a critical period for the party.
A visit to the party secretariat revealed a reduced security presence and changes in parking arrangements, indicating the acceptance of the leadership change by the staff. Efforts to reach the APC Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, for comment were unsuccessful.
Garus Gololo, an APC chieftain, ruled out the possibility of Abiodun Faleke becoming the APC National Chairman, stating that Faleke represents Lagos State in the National Assembly and is not eligible for consideration due to his constituency. Gololo expressed support for Umaru Tanko Al-Makura as a suitable candidate for the chairmanship position.
Gololo further mentioned that the chairmanship position in the North Central geo-political zone, which comprises Nasarawa, Niger, Plateau, Kwara, Benue, and Kogi States, is expected to be retained. He also suggested that the new National Secretary should be from the South-East to ensure fairness and balance in the party’s power equation.