APC Power brokers begin scrambling for party structure
Written by crest887fm on June 28, 2021
Power blocs within the All Progressives Congress have started the scramble for the control of the party’s structures, a few days after the approval and release of new dates for its ward, local government and state congresses.
Reports gathered in Abuja, on Sunday noted that with Friday’s decision by the President, Muhammadu Buhari to approve the timetable for the party’s congresses, power blocs especially state governors and party leaders with 2023 presidential ambitions, had set in motion plans to ensure that loyalists emerge as leaders at the various levels.
According to the timetable released by the party’s National Secretary, Senator John Akpanudoedehe, on Friday, ward congresses will hold on July 24, 2021 followed by local government congresses on August 14, 2021 and state congresses on September 18, 2021.
At inception, the APC had four visible power blocs based on the influence of personalities who controlled the legacy parties which came together to form the party.
This played a key role in the formation of the first National Working Committee. The then interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, was a leading figure in the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria, his successor Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, came from the All Nigeria Peoples Party.
Former Edo State Governor, Adams Oshiomhole, who is also of the ACN bloc, took over from Odigie-Oyegun, as national chairman while he current chairman of the National Caretaker Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni, came from the ANPP.
President Muhammadu Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change, became the main power bloc after the 2015 general election, which he won.
A member of the party caucus, who spoke in confidence, told newsmen That their membership registration has thrown open the party to members.
The CPC bloc is currently reaching out to others to allow it produce the next National Chairman.