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In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Nemere2020: 12:30pm On Dec 13, 2020
The recent dissolution of states’ executive structures of the APC seemed like a hijack of the party structures, and an indication that the battle for the 2023 elections would be stormy. Chuks Okocha writes

It was a prophecy foretold. There is no way a new wine could fit into an old bottle. This is the story of the All Progressives Congress (APC) registration of new members, which consequently led to the dissolution of all wards, local governments, zonal and states’ executive committees, last week.

Though the registration of new members has been put in abeyance for now, it will surely take place. The politics of the registration of new members is that their (new members) interest cannot be accommodated in the new emerging order of the former executive committees.

The dissolved executive committees had their allegiance to the sacked National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and his dissolved National Working Committee (NWC). To that extent, the former governor of Lagos State, Bola Tinubu, who goes with the title ‘national leader’, but not a member of the National Executive Committee (NEC), where high-wire politics is played and decisions taken.

Therefore, to dissolve the former executive committees was to sweep off the remaining part of the old structure. This will enable the enthroning of a new order.

APC is an association of some legacy political parties, including the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress of Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP). However, in the ensuing political power struggle, the CPC seemed to have outsmarted other members of the legacy parties.

There is also, the New PDP members in the APC led by Abubakar Baraje, who is considered a protégée of former Senate President Abubakar Bukola Saraki, with the former Speaker of the House of Representatives and Governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambawul and of course, a former governor of Rivers State, Chibuike Amaechi, who is the current Minister of Transportation.

All his colleagues that defected from the PDP to the APC in 2014 have all gone back to the PDP, leaving behind Amaechi. But the nPDP is not as potent as it was in 2014 as it has been consumed by the CPC moving train.

The emergency NEC meeting was so planned to exclude the national caucus of the party. For sometimes now, APC has no Body of Trustee (BoT). Caucus is the conscience of the party in the absence of a BoT and those in the plot knew that elders and leaders of conscience in the party would advise appropriately against the dissolution of the party’s structures nationwide. They knew Tinubu and the likes of Akande were members of cau­cus, so they hurriedly call it for emergency NEC meeting.

The dissolved states executive committees were the last vestiges of the ACN as the CPC, which consists of the President, the Chairman of the Caretaker Committee, who incidentally is the Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni and Attorney General of Nigeria, Abubakar Malami, were the original members of the CPC.

The Oshiomhole camp, which has Bola Tinubu as the leader is part of the ACN that has been dismantled. As things are today with the dissolution of organs of the APC at the state, zonal and national levels, President Buhari and governors of the party have tightened their hold on the party.

The direct implication of this is that the reconstitution of the party structures would give the president and the governors leverage in deciding how the party’s candidates could emerge ahead of the 2023 general election as they would ensure that only people, whose loyalty they could count on, emerge as party leaders from ward to national levels.

Also, it points to the fact that the struggle about who becomes the presidential candidate of the APC would be determined by the President and the governors, who tilt towards the CPC as the new controlling power base. Though the position of five governors of the APC with allegiance to the ACN in the Southwest is not known but they are somewhat divided in their support to the presidential aspiration of Bola Tinubu.

This is because the Ekiti State Governor, Kayode Fayemi, who is the chairman of Nigeria Governors’ Forum, is said to be nursing a presidential ambition, ditto former governor of Lagos State, Babatunde Fashola, who is the Minister of Works.

All these point out to a stormy struggle for the 2023 presidential ticket of the party and leave those with perceived presidential ambition in dilemma.

President Buhari, who also is anticipating a strong and stormy presidential battle, has sued for unity, despite the fact that he is busy amassing powers to control the APC to his political group, the CPC.

He canvassed the need for the party members to rekindle the spirit that led to the success of mergers of 2014, which eventually culminated in the party’s victory at the polls by respecting resolutions of the party. According to him, there were mutual respect and trust among members at the time, pleading with members to rekindle such spirit and make sacrifices aimed at rebuilding the party.

But Senator Rochas Okorocha, a former governor of Imo State, with deep presidential ambition has warned of what could become of the party towards 2023.

He was quoted as saying, “There is no more APC. What we have is the respect for President Muhammadu Buhari. That is what is keeping us together. What we have is our respect for the person of President Buhari and we still believe that something can be done.

“That trust and respect is what we still call APC. Outside that respect for President Buhari and the trust and belief that he could wake up one day and correct all these injustices and make it fine, nothing is happening.”

But there is every indication that there would be crisis soon in the APC, because of the way things are schemed in the party, leaving the CPC as dominant.

Prominent members have also cried out against these scheming in respect for mutual agreement reached during the era of the formation of the APC. It was re-echoed by two ministers in the persons of Babatunde Fashola and Chibuike Amaechi.

Fashola, who gave an encrypted message, said the APC must respect the zoning agreement at the formation of the party for the 2023 elections. Fashola’s outburst was to the claim that APC members were plotting to thwart the arrangement for power shift between North and South, intending to retain the presidency in the North on the expiration of President Buhari’s second term.

“The truth is that what makes an agreement spectacular is the honour in which it is made not whether it is written. If it was written there would be no court cases of breach of contract, because it is a document that is written and signed. But the private agreement you make with your brother and sister should not be breached; it must be honoured,” he added.

Repeating the same need to respect a gentleman’s agreement, Amaechi said the APC must respect the zoning agreement reached by the founding fathers of the party for the 2023 presidential ticket of the party. He agreed with the submission of his counterpart in the Works Ministry.

Amaechi insisted that zoning should be respected as agreed by the party. Though he declined to state whether he’ll contest for the APC presidential ticket, his close ally and political protegee, Eze Chukwuemea Eze, last week, warned of the consequences of dumping Amaechi in the quest for the APC presidential ticket in 2023.

In a long essay titled, “Formation of the APC and the dangers of doing to Amaechi what the PDP did and regretted”, he traced how Amaechi sacrificed for APC as a once beautiful pride, who was wooed by the party.

He said Amaechi pursued Buhari’s emergence as APC presidential candidate with evangelical zeal, after the New PDP joined the party, stating, “This obsession explains why Amaechi did all within his power to ensure that Buhari emerged as the flag-bearer of APC during the Lagos Convention and, as the Director-General of the Buhari Campaign Organisation, worked even harder to ensure that Buhari emerged victorious during the March 28, 2015 presidential election.”
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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by mmafhew(m): 12:36pm On Dec 13, 2020
The problem now is that all of this people ain’t even concerned about all what’s going on in the country at the moment, they all focusing on 2023. And the sad part is that those that want to come and steal in 2023 are even more than those that are currently stealing

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Asikumalui: 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by paulolee(m): 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020
already done with 2020...there are fresh 2021 and 2022 to come bt
these old men seems too concerned abt 2023 forgeting dt alot would
av changed by then..
abeg mk we order aj n pulev gloves n ring mk then enta fight kill
themselves....let the strongest person go for d sit..set of selfish
clowns..

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by omenka(m): 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020
Didnt bother reading all that lengthy story, but what I know is, momentum or not, Star Boy PYO anyday any time, more so on sundays, for the APC banner. A PYO/Ribadu ticket works perfectly for ME.

That is my desire.

PDP can give theirs to Atiku or Shekau for all I care.




Ps.

No punk should come wailing inside my mention. I don't decide who gets the tickets, I can only DESIRE to see someone get it, and have the right to my desires. So if you crawl on your belly like slithering reptile, howling and cursing as though Omenka is the decider of the parties' flagbearers, then you must have serious mental and emotional issues.

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Muhylonaire007: 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020
[/i]We don't even know what 2021 and 2022 have in stock for us in the hands of this mad administration, there they are, talking about 2023 cry cry cry cry[i]

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by INTEGRITYA1(m): 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020
Politicking is getting thicker
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Maxikenna(f): 12:40pm On Dec 13, 2020
APC is gone. it has been uprooted and left to caretakers for burial. New births of parties and new orders and dispensations on the way...
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Nobody: 12:41pm On Dec 13, 2020
APC OR PDP ....ALL OF THEM ARE USELESS PARTY HEADED BY USELESS OLD CARGOES... R estructure Nigeria, and Nigeria will be better...

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Atukul: 12:41pm On Dec 13, 2020
Fellow
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by paulolee(m): 12:42pm On Dec 13, 2020
bunch of selfish old cargos always disturbing online space with their stupid 2023 plans as if they av anoda plan than to loot

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by MilesMaxwell: 12:43pm On Dec 13, 2020
APC is just causing confusion in the country. God help us
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by donbachi(m): 12:50pm On Dec 13, 2020
Ibos will produce the next president..i saw it clearly.

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by waslag11(m): 12:51pm On Dec 13, 2020
okay
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by translux(m): 12:53pm On Dec 13, 2020
My only worries is that Buhari Administration has sent Nigeria back ward to the time far back to 1981, the next Administration will definitely have a lot of problems because of the damage Bihari has done to this great country

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by MyVILLAGEpeople(m): 12:55pm On Dec 13, 2020
It's time for an Igbo man to be President.

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Nobody: 1:04pm On Dec 13, 2020
These people don't even think of Death 2023 Is far away

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Abia2023: 1:06pm On Dec 13, 2020
Igbo presidency or nothing/bia-fra

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by yeyeboi(m): 1:11pm On Dec 13, 2020
Ok
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by mrkunlex(m): 1:16pm On Dec 13, 2020
We go show the sadeast that yoruba is their baba

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by HenryThegreat1(m): 1:17pm On Dec 13, 2020
Southern Nigeria is not united.
Yoruba will never support Igbo candidate, same goes to Igbo.
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Nanavati(m): 1:25pm On Dec 13, 2020
AM JUST THINKING because the only thing they want is to come and loot more

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by yusluvad(m): 1:30pm On Dec 13, 2020
Planning to loot and milk the country dry.
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Anaerobi(m): 1:32pm On Dec 13, 2020
funny... I see them as the rich man in the Bible that said I have gathered so much let me enjoy. then that night, they owner of life came and took the soul....
If only they knows that the real owner of life May take what belongs to him before that 2023....

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by QuotaSystem: 1:33pm On Dec 13, 2020
The Presidency is moving to our SW brethren in 2023 with respect to the rotational agreement which is necessary for the sustenance of our national unity.

VP Osibanjo is the man to beat cool

The sad clowns trying to sour the relationship between the northern and southern blocs in the party had better focus on getting the ticket of the party they worked for 21 years and counting instead of wasting time only to start howling marginalisation like wild banshees.

God bless Nigeria and Loyal Nigerians.

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Quality20(m): 1:34pm On Dec 13, 2020
well if igbos want to produce the president in 2023, they know what to do. Yes, igbos were d ones who introduced mass assassination of front line civilian political national leaders of other regions and military coups, so they can always go back to that again. After all Nigeria didn't collapse when Aguyi Ironsi and his notorious gang of military men assassinated norther leaders then and seized power

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Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by obo389(m): 1:34pm On Dec 13, 2020
Their business
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Didi2d(m): 1:36pm On Dec 13, 2020
I didn't read this, but I know tinubu's name will be mentioned
Re: In APC, Battle For 2023 Is Gaining Momentum - ThisDay by Omezif(m): 1:36pm On Dec 13, 2020
Gaining fake momentum, their eyes will clear on election day.

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