What’s been happening in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, have been likened to a coup d’état. But what is difficult to tell at the moment is whether the coup has actually succeeded. Well, it doesn’t appear to be completely so. At least for now.
Reports broke out earlier in the week that before his departure to the United Kingdom, President Buhari had sacked the Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni as acting chairman of the party’s caretaker extraordinary convention committee and replaced him with Niger State governor, Abubakar Bello.
Bello did storm the party secretariat to chair a party meeting and inaugurate some committees and chairmen of the various state chapters of the party. He was however evasive when categorically asked if he had taken over as the party chairman.
The other story however was that Bello was only holding forth for Buni, who had traveled out of the country on medical leave.
Days later, Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State finally clarified the situation saying that the president had indeed given them a directive to remove Mai Mala Buni as the chairman of the caretaker committee.
He explained that majority of the Party governors agreed to carry out the directive of the president, adding that the remaining three governors are the ones dishing out “fake news” that Buni has not been removed. Now, he revealed that Buni was booted out of office after his plan to scuttle the party’s convention because of his vice-presidential ambition came to light.
The new chairman immediately fixed an emergency NEC meeting for March 17th inviting the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to discuss preparations for the national convention
INEC has now rejected that invitation saying the letter sent to it does not have the recognized chairman, in this case, Buni’s signature.
Does this mean the party’s national convention is at stake?
Joining me to discuss this further is Dr. Sunny Maduka who is a political affairs analyst