APC Crisis: el-Rufai Don’t Bark In Vain, May Have Been Promised VP Slot – Prof Ajumbe

The Crisis rocking the all Progressive Congress (APC) has taken a new dimension as a chieftain of the party, Prof Vitalis Ajumbe, said Kaduna State Governor Malam Nasir el-Rufai don’t bark in vain, insisting that he might have been promised a vice presidential ticket in the upcoming 2023 general election. 
el-Rufai will be completing a second term of eight years in a state ravaged by insecurity, with terrorists kidnapping people even in their bedrooms.
el-Rufai had during an interview with Channels Television, said that President Muhammadu Buhari has ordered the removal of the Governor of Yobe State Mai Mala Buni as the APC caretaker committee chairman, an action political pundits say was political coup d’etat.
But responding to el-Rufai’s interview, former Imo State Commissioner for Information Tourism and Public Utilities, Prof Vitalis Orikeze Ajumbe, said el-Rufai does not ‘bark’ in vain adding that he may have been promised Vice Presidential ticket.
“He (el-Rufai) misquoted the constitution of APC on zoning of the National Chairman and Presidential positions.
“APC constitution says that the National chairman and the President shall not come from the same zone. What it means here is an ‘elected President and not a presidential candidate” simplified that when the President is elected, the National Chairman from that zone which produced the President shall resign and the position goes to the other zone. I guess he  may be projecting a Presidential aspirant from the South who may have agreed to make him his vice Presidential candidate because H.E El-Rufai does not ‘bark’ in vain,” Ajumbe said.
According to Ajumbe, El-Rufai was silent during the leadership of His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Yobe State and the chairman APC Caretaker committee and I believe that he did not support him.
“For all I know, El-Rufai is not a member of the APC Caretaker committee or it’s spokesperson and does not have their mandate to talk on the  zoning of the party’s positions or on such official issues.
“He used hard words on his brother governor H.E Mai Mala Buni as if they were on a boxing ring by using such harsh words which suggest that he was incompetent, selfish and intentionally tried to destroy APC,” Ajumbe said adding that el-Rufai should apologise to Buni.
“The court order of November 2021 he brandished on the television may be true, but Mai Mala Buni committee made up of respected and responsible Nigerians might have viewed it as inconsequential may be after finding out the source or may have acted on it. It could not have been cited as a tool of destruction without first hearing from either him or any of his committee members are still available.
“El-Rufai interview yesterday (Wednesday) on Channel TV portrayed  H.E Mai Mala Buni, the Governor of Yobe State as being incompetent not minding the resultant damages it will cause him especially in his State Yobe,” Ajumbe said while advising the new leadership of the party to be wary of some people pushing their personal interest in the 2023 race.
“The newly ‘appointed’ APC  National Chairman should  be careful with those ambitious Governors and persons who would want to appropriate him for their selfish interests. Some of them who lost out in Mai Mala Buni leadership have now regrouped to appropriate the new leadership.
“The new leader should endeavour to legitimise his position by summoning an emergency National Executive Meeting of APC which has that power to ‘appoint’ or otherwise. The NEC also has the power to dissolve the entire committee and appoint new one,” Ajumbe said.

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