PCA Convention: Why Governors Don’t Dictate Who Will Become the National President

PCA Convention: Why Governors Don't Dictate Who Will Become the National President

Unlike their peers from the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the governors-elect on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) platform will not be in a prime position to determine who becomes the party’s national president at its national convention, Daily Independent has picked up.

The PDP’s 13 governors played a huge role in the emergence of Iyorchia Ayu, a former president of the Senate, as the party’s national elected president at the recently concluded national convention in Eagles Square in Abuja.

They also ensured that most of the candidates who emerged as members of the National Working Committee (NWC) were produced by consensus.

Attempts by some retired generals and elders of the party to also produce Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, former governor of Osun state, as national vice president (South) were also thwarted by governors who supported Taofeek Arapaja, the president of the south- western for the location.

At the end of the contest, Arapaja was declared the winner after garnering 2,004 votes while Oyinlola garnered only 705 votes.

When asked if this scenario could take place in the APC, a member of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), who spoke on condition of anonymity, said it is not possible that the APC governors could hijack the convention as their PDP counterparts.

According to him, unlike the PDP, where there is no leader, the APC has a leader in President Muhammadu Buhari and Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, former governor of Lagos state, who is the national leader of the party.

He said the APC governors cannot make any decisions without first seeking the approval of the two and whoever advocates for the position will eventually grab it.

“Yes, it was easy for the PDP governors to get their way because they don’t have a leader. In truth, who is the leader of the PDP? Some people will tell you it is Governor (Nyesom) Wike, others will tell you it is Atiku Abubakar. Others will tell you that it is Aminu Tambuwal, who is the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum.

“Some will tell you that the retired generals are in charge of the party. But look at their convention. The retired generals said they wanted Oyinlola, the PDP governors said they wanted Arapaja, and eventually the governors got their way.

“This cannot happen in APC. The two leaders in the APC are President Buhari and Tinubu. They founded this party and are firmly in command. There are also other leaders such as Papa Bisi Akande and Ogbonnaya UN. If they say, this is the way we are going, what the PCA governors can do is come together and advise them and present their position. But they cannot say that we are going in another direction. Never.

“So what happened in PDP cannot happen in APC. Governors can determine party leaders in the NWC from their states, but the position of national president will be determined by party leaders. “

The Daily Independent has also picked up that there are silent moves by the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) camp belonging to President Buhari and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to produce the next national president, as the person is believed to be will play a leading role in whoever wins the party’s presidential ticket.

Our source, who belongs to the Tinubu camp, said: “We are for Asiwaju (Tinubu). We will support anyone who supports for the position. I don’t know who is supporting President Buhari, but there is a strong belief that he wants someone from his camp, that is, from the CCP faction.

“Those on the front line are Tanko Al-Makura, former governor of the state of Nasarawa; George Akume, former governor of the state of Benue, who is now minister of special duties and intergovernmental affairs; Saliu Mustapha, former national vice president of the CCP: Senator Sani Musa, a deputy who represents the senatorial district of East Niger in the National Assembly and Abdulaziz Yari, former governor of the state of Zamfara.

“There may be others but these are the ones who have expressed interest so far. Furthermore, a dark horse may emerge that many people may not know, just as Iyorchia Ayu emerged in the PDP when people thought the South would produce the national president.

“Left to Buhari, he will prefer Al-Makura or Mustapha because of the connection with the CCP, but left to the cabals they could persuade him to support Musa, the senator from Niger. For a man in the Senate to come out and say he wants to run for the national president, it means that some people have supported him.

“Akume is the man of Asiwaju. They are good friends and were governors from 1999 to 2007. The coast is not clear and we still don’t know if he will be the one who will return Asiwaju ”.

As to why the party has not yet set a date for its national convention, he said: “The opposition party usually takes things seriously with respect to the ruling party. The ruling party is always apathetic because it has resources and power. They are not always in a hurry like a party that is serious about power. I think that’s what’s happening in APC ”.

No date has been set for the ruling party’s national convention and recently it has been reported that some party mediators want the party custodian committee led by Yobe State Governor Mai Mala Buni to complete the term of comrade. Adams Oshiomhole, the immediate past national president is pushing for the convention to be held in June 2022.

According to them, the Custodians’ Committee should be able to remain in office until June 2022 in order to complete the four-year mandate given to Oshiomhole, elected national president on June 23, 2018, but fired two years later.

Source: – Ng. independent

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