It’s no news that the APC house is in serious pandemonium as they have been trending on the media. Today, a few members of the ruling party APC have boycotted the party’s meeting which was scheduled for today being Friday including former governor of Lagos State, Ahmed Tinubu, and the party’s former interim chairman, Bisi Akande.
In attendance was the president himself and other party members. Top on the agenda of the meeting was the crisis rocking the party since the election of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives.
The crisis has polarised the APC, with a faction supporting Messrs Saraki and Dogara, and another backing the party’s leadership and Messrs Tinubu.
When reporters on site pressed about the absence of Tinubu and Akande, the spokesperson of the party, Lai Mohammed said invitation to the meeting was at the discretion of the national working committee of the APC, or its executive committee.
He said the leaders were not members of the party’s exco, as such, it was the discretion of the APC working committee to decide who to invite.
However, Premium times confirmed that Mr. Tinubu was in the country as of Friday but absent from the meeting.
Before the closed-door session of Friday’s meeting, Mr. Buhari appealed to APC members to respect the supremacy of the party and allow the “system to work”.
After the meeting, Mr. Mohammed had this to say;
“Also, it is important to let you know that everybody in the party is united on two issues which are party supremacy and the need to ensure that this government deliver its campaign promises,” Mr. Mohammed said.
“The president said he believes in party supremacy, we have a problem on our hands and we must find the best means to resolve it. One thing I can assure you is that, this house (the APC) shall not fall,” he said.
Asked to comment on when to draw a line between party supremacy and the sanctity of the Nigerian Constitution in the selection of principal officers at the National Assembly,
Mr. Mohammed said “the less said about this logjam the better it’ll be not for only this party but the whole nation. It is for the interest of everyone who voted for change. I would not want to go into the nitty-gritty of what the resolution will be because as I speak for now I don’t know. When you talk about party’s supremacy, it is derived from the constitution,” he said.
The governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, who is also the chairman of the APC governors’ forum, said he was confident the crisis facing the party was almost over.
“Many people think that there will be problems between APC members at this meeting. But I am assuring Nigerians that we have met and discussed what affects all of us and we have understood ourselves,” he said. “We have also reiterated our support and loyalty to our leadership.”