The All Progressives Congress is facing some leadership problems in at least two states of the federation. And if the problems drag on till 2023, the political party may inadvertently lose the two states to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) which appears to be ready to take over even at the national level.
The Kwara State chapter of the party is entangled in a deep crisis which is between Mr. Lai Mohammed, who is the minister of information and culture and the incumbent state governor, Mr. Abdulrahman Abdulrazak. The two men have been fighting dirty even in public as they continue to drag the soul of the Kwara State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Little information about the crisis is still available. But in recent time they have taken their matter to public with outbursts coming from the minister who feels he isn’t getting much from his activities in the 2019 general elections. He specifically explained that he sponsored or bankrolled the election which brought in the lawmakers from the state including the members of the National Assembly from Kwara State. Hence, he feels he isn’t getting much and he accused the lawmakers of disappointing him openly.
Whereas the lawmakers have come out through their representatives who spoke on their behalf. The speaker of the Kwara State House of Assembly argued that the minister was not sincere in his claim and that it was the governor who financed their election. While the three senators from the state were also reacting to Lai Mohammed’s explanation, they said the APC generated money and it was spent judiciously on the poll
Already, the minister has opened a factional office for the party in the state capital (Ilorin) and he revealed that he would draw a battle line against the state governor, Abdulrazak.
As the matter is dragging on, the Punch Newspaper reported that the national caretaker committee under Mai Mala Buni has suspended eleven loyalists of Lai Mohammed. The state working committee chairman of the APC in Kwara confirmed the development while the deputy chairman, who is loyal to Lai Mohammed, debunked the claim. This further shows the level of division in the Kwara State chapter of the APC,
The APC was solid prior the 2019 general elections as the party launched several political tactics to oust the immediate past president of the Senate, Mr. Bukola Saraki. The ex leader of the Senate just left the party for the PDP at that time and this made the APC to launch moves to stop the former Kwara State governor, Saraki from having political relevance.
The second state where APC is facing tough leadership crisis is Imo State, one of the biggest southeastern states. Even it can be said that Imo State is the only one that the political party really won in 2019. Of course, the party won Imo through a verdict of the Supreme Court.
The crisis in the state is between Mr. Hope Uzodinma, the incumbent governor, and Mr. Rochas Okorocha, a top Senator in the House of Senate. They are yet to agree on any issue since Uzodinma took over the affairs of the state. It has often been one problem after another.
The genesis of the crisis can be traced to the APC primary election for the 2019 Imo State gubernatorial poll. Mr. Okorocha, who was the state governor at that time preferred Uche Nwosu, who is his son-in-law as the candidate of the APC. But the political party eventually chose Hope Uzodinma. Okorocha never stopped backing and supporting his anointed candidate who went to another party.
Mr. Hope Uzodinma has insinuated that Okorocha was on his away out of the party even though the former governor (Okorocha) has explained that he couldn’t be frustrated out of the party on the ground that he was a founding member of the APC.