Crisis may be brewing in the ruling All Progressives Congress, as its National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been given a seven-day ultimatum to convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Council of the party.
In an open letter to the National Chairman, the APC National Vice Chairman North-West, Malam Salihu Lukman said the NEC meeting had become very necessary and in line with the constitution of the APC considering the anomalies in the party.
Malam Lukman also said the NEC meeting would afford the party leaders opportunity to discuss modalities to ensure a smooth transition between the outgoing administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the incoming government of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
The letter to the APC National Chairman titled “Restoring Constitutional Order in APC – Not Negotiable” opens a new chapter in the face-off between the author Malam Salihu Lukman and Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
Right from last year, Malam Lukman had repeatedly accused Senator Abdullahi Adamu of running a one-man show, the APC national vice chairman for North West lamented that he has also reduced the NWC members to a mere rubber stamp to approve important decisions he singlehandedly take.
Other allegations against Senator Adamu includes running the party’s finances in an opaque manner especially proceeds from the sales of nomination and expression of interest forms to aspiring contestants in line with provision of Article 13.4(iv) of the APC Constitution on financial report, income and expenditure.
He said, “I make this an open letter because it is about campaigning to return the APC to its foundation, which requires that we mobilise all like-minded party leaders and members in this crusade to restore constitutional order in the APC. As a person, I have concluded that everything must be done to compel you to respect the constitution of our party and manage its affairs based on the requirements of our constitution and not your personal discretion.
“Therefore, by this open letter, I am serving you notice of one week from today, being Wednesday, April 19, 2023 to take all the appropriate steps required to convene a NEC meeting before May 29, 2023 wherein all the issues bordering on the management of smooth transition between the outgoing government of President Buhari and the incoming government of President Asiwaju Tinubu can be considered.
“If by the end of this one-week notice, no action is taken to convene a NEC meeting as the first step to restore constitutional order in APC, I will not hesitate to take further actions, including approaching our courts to enforce compliance with the provisions of our party’s constitution under your leadership.
“Like I have argued in my letter to you of December 26, 2022 on the subject “Democracy and Accountability: Concerns about State of Affairs of APC”, “being a party that is committed to enthroning progressive politics as the pillars of developing our democracy and moving our nation forward, these issues should be urgently addressed. Inability to address these issues would continue to undermine our electoral viability.”
“The current NWC under your leadership should stop acting as a Trojan Horse programmed to destroy our party. Only compliance with and respect for our constitution by allowing all our superior organs, notably NEC, National Caucus and NAC, to function and take decisions accordingly, which should be binding on all party leaders and members can secure our party. This is not negotiable!”
Senator Abdullahi Adamu and the APC National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, are yet to officially comment on the crisis rocking the leadership of their party.