Nine APC Governors To Dump Party Ahead of 2019

By Ikenga Chronicles November 21, 2016

No fewer than nine governors and hundreds of party chieftains are on their way out of the ruling All Progressives Congress(APC) ahead of the 2019 Presidential elections, Ikenga Chronicles authoritatively gathered.

The exit, according to a party leader, will affect the fortunes of the governing party and President Muhammadu Buhari’s ambition in 2019.

The ruling APC currently controls 23 out of the 36 states of the federation.However,a number of governors in these states have become disenchanted with the party and the government of Buhari.

Another source, on Sunday evening, revealed that some of the governors are reaching out to their colleagues in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for alliance in forming a new political platform. The governors are uncomfortable with the non-fulfillment of the many populist campaign promises upon which the party rode to power.

A member of the ruling party said the governors had been bearing the pains of dashed hopes and exclusion from major decisions of government for a long while, but were forced to voice it out after Buhari released his list of ambassadorial nominees and they found that they were completely sidelined from the process.

“You recall that recently, the governors wrote him [Buhari] a letter and sent a delegation to deliver the message to him. They just couldn’t believe that those appointed as ambassadorial nominees from their states were not known to them… I must tell you that that letter is a warning shot and a signal of what we should expect as we go into 2019.”

‘’Most of these governors are fed up with this style of leadership where everything is done by the so-called cabal in Aso Rock without consultation with other stakeholders.”

It was learnt  that apart from the frosty relationship between the Presidency and the leadership of the National Assembly dating back to the inauguration of the 8th Assembly, some of the governors have been making inroads into the parliament, using their influence to checkmate the Presidency.

There have been speculations that some of the governors were the brains behind the stalling of a number of proposals sent by the executive to the legislature.

A number of governors, particularly those from the South- West geo-political zone are already on their way out of the APC because of the perceived humiliation of the national leader of the party and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, by the party and the presidency.

Sources within the party disclosed that given what has happened in the Ondo State primary elections, the mass defection of APC governors and members to different political party will only be a matter of time.

“I am sure you are not expecting these governors who rode to power on the Tinubu political machinery to still stick out their necks for a man who has maltreated their principal. They won’t because right now, they are aggrieved that those of them who came into the APC from the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) have been sidelined along with their leader. Why do you think some people staged the pro-Tinubu rally recently? These are clear signals that the party is heading for a major implosion where everyone will take their destiny in their own hands,” the source said.

Similarly, their counterparts in the North Central who also feel shortchanged by the APC, a party they massively supported in 2015, have kick-started a process of re-alignment with other political interest groups.

Some political heavyweights in the North Central are toying with the option of aligning with their associates in the North-East geo- political zone to form a formidable political block ahead of 2019.

A source, who is conversant with the plans, disclosed that currently, the alliance is being coordinated on the platform of a socio-cultural organisation, pending when the time comes to unveil the real agenda.

Another clique within the North Central is said to be warming up to join forces with some elements who have become politically displaced by the crisis in the PDP and some aggrieved elements from the APC to float a new political party that could challenge the APC.

Meanwhile, a former Chairman of the APC in Kaduna State, Dr. Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said President Buhari must intervene to fix the crisis in the party and save it from disintegration.

Baba-Ahmed, a retired federal permanent secretary, acknowledged that some members of the APC were joining forces with others to form a new political platform. According to him, the problems affecting the party have been left to linger for too long and must be settled in the next few months, if the party hopes to retain power in 2019.

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