All is not well within the ruling political party in Nigeria and it seems to have gotten out of hands. The division within the All Progressive Congress (APC) that has lingered for many years since their take-over in 2015 can no longer be hidden and the players seem to have grown tired of fighting in secret and shaking hands in public. Now all hell has broken loose and one will not be wrong to link the current issues to the 2019 General Elections.
Some aggrieved members of the All progressive Congress (APC) have formed a fraction of the party which they named the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) with Buba Galadima as its National Chairman. The splinter group continues to grow in leap and bounds, causing growing concerns and proving to leaders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) that they are a threat to the party’s ambitions in 2019.
Buba Galadima released a bombshell yesterday when he declared that his fraction, the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has a majority in the National Assembly and openly threatened President Muhammadu Buhari that he is capable of influencing members of the National Assembly to impeach the President if he desires to do so.
Buba Galadima, National-Chairman of the R-APC
According to a report credited to THISDAY Newspapers, Buba Galadima said this in response to a description of the group by former governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole, who was recently appointed as the National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, as “hired mercenaries”.
Adams Oshiomhole said this after a 5-hour meeting with the All Progressive Congress (APC) caucus in the House of Representatives on Thursday.
After the meeting, Oshiomole addressed the media saying:
“Those who are seeking breakup that is their problem. We are engaging real stakeholders. I mean between the executive and the two arms of the national assembly.
“We have very important influential leaders we are engaging. If people are being sponsored by those who thought our convention will be a failure, those who were expecting implosion, so be it,” he had said.
Adams Oshiomhole, National Chairman, APC
Oshiomhole also taunted Galadima by threatening him also, saying he would not lose sleep over the R-APC leader.
But the R-APC Chairman said aside having majority in the national assembly, many Nigerians are also on the side of the group.
“I want to say that today, as I sit here, if I give a directive to our members in the national assembly to impeach for constitutional infractions, it would be carried out because we have that majority,” Galadima was quoted to have said.
“There is no man of integrity and honesty as Buba Galadima. Those of us that had sacrificed our sweat and blood cannot sit idly and watch these values destroyed. This is the beginning of what is called crisis in the party.
“Nigerians from all works of life have shown solidarity with us. For those who said that they are not losing sleep, why are they scampering to the National Assembly to beg cap in hand?”