- The All Progressives Congress in the southeast has been bedeviled with internal crisis for a while
- Associates of President Muhammadu Buhari are worried that the escalating crisis might affect the president's chances in the region in the 2019 elections
- They are worried that the APC may not make any meaningful in-road to the zone in the coming election
A report by THISDAY indicates that associates of President Muhammadu Buhari are worried that the escalating crisis in southeast APC might affect the president's chances in the region in the 2019 presidential election.
According to the report, the group, in a strategic paper recently prepared for the president, said unless some ‘’critical and influential’’ aggrieved members of the party in the zone were reconciled with the party, it would be ‘’extremely, if not impossible,’’ for APC to make any meaningful in-road to the zone in the coming general election.
The group made reference to Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo state-led group, with its own factions across the zone, especially in Imo state, accusing them of side-lining a group being led by Senator Ifeanyi Godwin Ararume, Okorocha's deputy and Senator Osita Izuanso.
The strategic paper noted that ‘’making Governor Okorocha the face of APC in the South-east’’ wouldn’t help President Buhari’s political course in the 2019 general election.
The group also made reference to the recent political rally called by Governor Okorocha in Imo state that was attended by the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole, and the Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Mr. Boss Mustapha, and boycotted by the party’s leaders in the zone, as very dangerous signal for the APC.
The paper advised President Buhari to prevail on Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) of APC not to do anything that will undermine the prosperity of the party in the zone, especially in Imo in order to please his friend, Governor Okorocha.
‘‘In Imo state, everything must be done not to allow Senator Ifeanyi Araraume and his group leave the party; from our findings, the group is clearly the soul of APC in Imo state,’’ the group advised the president in the paper.
The crisis in the zone, especially in the Imo state chapter of APC, has been lingering since the controversial national convention of the party, leading to fictionalisation of the party in the zone, especially in Imo where there are currently two state executives.
Oshiomhole, recently sworn in Daniel Nwafor as the new Imo state chairman of the party, in spite of an order by an Abuja Division of the Federal High Court, which restrained the party from conducting fresh congresses in Imo state.
The state APC had experienced parallel congresses between Governor Rochas Okorocha’s faction and that loyal to Senator Araraume/Izunaso/deputy governor, Eze Madumere.
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The former national leadership of the APC led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, recognized Araraume-led faction led by Hillary Eke despite concerns raised by the governor.
Similarly, Oshiomhole had sworn in a factional chairman of the party in Delta state, Prophet Jones Erue, despite a court order restraining him and the APC from recognizing any other person than the Chief Cyril Ogodo-led State Working Committee sworn-in Oyegun.
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