The crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has deepened after the national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, snubbed two meetings scheduled to resolve the controversy trailing the September 3 governorship primaries in Ondo state won by the former president, Nigerian Bar Association (NBA), Rotimi Akeredolu.
According to the Guardian, a meeting was scheduled for last week Tuesday to resolve the disagreement over the Ondo primaries, but Bola Tinubu, who is considered central to the issues, tactically evaded the last Tuesday meeting on the excuse of going abroad for a medical treatment.
The national leader of the party will also not be available to attend the other meeting scheduled for today, November 8, called at the instance of the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun.
Following the results of the APC Ondo primary, Tinubu had openly called for the removal of Odigie-Oyegun in a published statement.
Akeredolu, who allegedly got the backing of some APC leaders led by Odigie-Oyegun and some ministers, won the primaries against Segun Abraham, the alleged preferred candidate of Tinubu.
The situation resulted in the defection of Olusola Oke, one of the APC governorship aspirants, to the Alliance for Democracy (AD) to pursue his ambition.
The raging crisis has caused factions within the ruling party as the Abuja caucus is alleged to be supporting Akeredolu while Tinubu, the Lagos chapter and some stakeholders in the south west zone are said to be backing Oke, a development some people have described as anti-party activity perpetrated by the national leader.
It was learnt that whether the reconciliation meeting was to have been held last week or will hold today, Tinubu is not favourably disposed to attending any meeting with Odigie-Oyegun.
“I am not aware of the last Tuesday meeting but I knew that the national chairman called for a meeting for November 8 and the invitation was extended to some leaders including Chief Bisi Akande and Tinubu. What the agenda is, I don’t know but obviously the national leader is currently in Chicago and may definitely not attend the meeting,” an influential party leader in the South West told the newspaper.
The newspaper was also informed that that Tinubu deliberately travelled abroad to avoid going to Ondo to campaign for Akeredolu.
“For instance, it would look abnormal if President Muhammadu Buhari goes to Ondo to campaign for Akeredolu and Tinubu fails to follow him. The best bet for him is to stay out of the country until the Ondo election is conducted,” a source said.
In another development, over 100 members of the APC and Labour Party (LP) in Ward 5, Ovu Inland, Ethiope East local government area, Delta state, have decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Vanguard reports.
This came even as the Ovu PDP members passed a vote of confidence vote on Governor Ifeanyi Okowa and Kingsley Esiso, the state party chairman, in an enlarged meeting of the party at the residence of the ward chairman, Chief Andrew Ichikpro.
Receiving the new members into the party’s fold at the enlarged meeting of the ward, Chief Ichikpro charged the PDP faithful to be united and work relentlessly to build on the successes of the party in the area.