As the battle for the national chairmanship of All Progressives Congress (APC) tightens with numerous party chieftains making surfs of the race to becoming the next ruling party’s mantle of leadership, a lot of groups within the party show interest to be given the opportunity to be the next national chairman of the ruling party.
After the party’s nationwide membership registration, as well as revalidation exercise and inauguration of congresses across ward and states’ level, there have been increased political boisterous play among intending aspirants for party positions.
Amidst the rough play of the game — some more than others — that occasionally gets out of hand, the league of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) in the APC were left with no option than to demand to be given the opportunity to produce a national chairman of the party. This is not unconnected with the fact the since inception, all the parties that formed the mega-merger of the giant party, it is only CPC that was not granted the party’s number one seat.
It will be recalled that immediately after the mega alliance of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) to form All Progressives Congress (APC) in February 2013, Chief Abdukareem Adebisi Bamdele Akande, who was from ACN was the first interim chairman of the mega party while Aminu Bello Masari (CPC) emerged as APC’s deputy national chairman.
At its first national convention, John Oyegu (ANPP) was the first to be elected as the mega party’s national chairman, after him, Adams Oshiomwhole (ACN) became the next chairman of the party from 24 July 2018 – 16 June 2020. His exit after suspension from office by the Abuja Court of Appeal on 16th June 2020, he was succeeded the Yobe State, Governor Hon. Mai Mala Buni (ANPP) after the dissolution of the APC national working committee.
Now, the question is, since all the three parties that formed APC were given slots to rule the party, when will the CPC coalition can be given the chance to also make history? A lot of APC stakeholders strongly demand all groups within the party to allow its chosen personality – Umar Tanko Al-Makura – to become the national chairman of the party. This, according to political observers nationwide, is a bold step to encourage democracy in the ruling party, since the CPC extract has not been given the chance to take the mantle of leadership of the party since its inception.
Umar Tanko Al-Makura is the immediate past governor of Nasarawa State, and currently Nasarawa South Senatorial District senator at the red chambers of the National Assembly. The senator and former governor is humbled for not making noise about his ambition, as he usually shows his habit of being introverted, more especially to the members of the press.
It will be recalled that Al-Makura was elected governor of Nasarawa State in 2011 on the platform of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), a party formed by President Muhammadu Buhari. The challenges APC faces today can be solved in as much as right people are given the opportunity to lead the party.