Face-off crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has taken a different turn with members of the party’s National Executive Committee (NEC) openly accusing the national chairman of the party of incapacity.
The NEC members who have written a save-our-party letter to President Muhammadu Buhari to demand an immediate convocation of the party’s NEC meeting also accused the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party under Chief John Odigie-Oyegun of incapacity in managing the affairs of the party.
The damning letter was written by some members of the NEC who are not members of the party’s NWC.
The forum said that if nothing is done by the president the situation might lead to “preventable, avoidable and unnecessary intra-party cracks that the present situation might generate.”
‘Save Our Party’
A copy of the letter signed by a National Ex-Officio, South-West Coordinator, Omolayo O. Akintola, which was made available to newsmen in Abuja, on Sunday, dated April 6, 2017, tagged ‘Save our party-APC’, was addressed to President Buhari.
In the no-hold barred letter, the forum complained that they have written several letters to the National Chairman, Chief Oyegun, “without any positive reactions hence this ‘Save our party’ request.”
It reads: “We strongly feel that an urgent call on the appropriate quarters of the party be made to ensure that NEC meeting of our party as provided by Article 25 of our party constitution is obeyed to quarantine resolution of matters affecting party amicably.
“We are equally greatly displeased with the ways of handling party matters solely by the National Working Committee only without any recourse to the NEC from which NWC derived her powers.
“Also to be noted for appropriate advice is the exclusion of sizeable number of federating states from scheme of things within the party because many states are not presently represented by party officers on the current National Working Committee, hence, the need to be having regular NEC meetings pending the much awaited amendment to the present party constitution.
“We, therefore, deemed it necessary putting this letter across for your timely actions to save our great party from preventable, avoidable and unnecessary intra-party/in-house cracks that the present situation might generate. “We strongly believe in Your Excellency’s ability and sagacity to normalise things within a good time frame.”
Pressure On Party Leadership
It would be recalled that the party leadership under the management of Chief Odigie-Oyegun has been under intense pressure to quit following the open expression of lack of support from some stakeholders in the party.
The party recently postponed indefinitely its planned mid-term convention slated for end of April because of lack of fund.
The planned convention had suffered credibility problems because the NEC which constitutionally has the final authority on it was not convened to take a decision on its hosting, a development sources within the party said, forced most financiers of the party to stay away from releasing fund for its hosting.
The party under Odigie-Oyegun has been allegedly denied funds by state governors and the presidency on various excuses mostly bordering on improper management of the party’s fund.