The leadership crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, assumed another twist, yesterday, following indications that the embattled National Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC, Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe State officially transmitted a letter handing over power to Governor Abubakar Sani Bello of Niger State
This came as Bello hinted that the National Secretary of the CECPC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, might be replaced soon, even though he said the matter had not been tabled for discussion.
This is even as chairman of the Southern Governor’s Forum and governor of Ondo State, Rotimi Akeredolu, yesterday accused Governor Mai Mala Buni and his supporters of trying to supplant President Muhammadu Buhari’s will to salvage the APC from internal scavengers.
Recall on Monday, exclusively reported details of how Governor Bello emerged as acting national chairman, stating how Buni was persuaded to transfer power to him rather than to Akpanudoedehe or Senator Ken Nnamani.
Recall it was reported that Buni had earlier wanted to hand over to Akpanudoedehe or a former Senate President, Senator Ken Nnamani but that some forces within the party, especially state governors, wanted a “neutral” person to steer the affairs of the party in the interim.
Last week, Governor Mai Mala Buni travelled overseas on a private visit and appointed Governor Sani Bello via a letter to acting in his absence,” a source in Buni’s office told Vanguard, dispelling assertions that President Muhammadu Buhari had sacked Buni as the chairman of the APC CECPC and appointed Governor Sani Bello.
Governor Buni usually handed over to Senator Akpanudoedehe and on few occasions, to Senator Ken Nnamani. Before he jetted out of the country, he wanted to hand over to either of the two but some vested interests prevailed on him to hand over to Governor Bello, which he did. It is surprising that some people are now spinning very dangerous narratives to the effect that Buni has been sacked and to the ridiculous extent of some characters saying a sole administrator has been named, implying that the CECPC has been disbanded. Nothing can be farther from the truth,” said a party source.
However, on Wednesday, the said letter was leaked to the public, showing how Governor Buni handed it over to Governor Bello.