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Lukman Accuses Adamu Of Controlling APC As Garrison Commander

Salihu Lukman, the North-West National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has claimed that the National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu is the one controlling the ruling party without consulting the National Working Committee (NWC).

Lukman made this known on Friday while expressing concern that important decisions involving party operations and the day-to-day management of the secretariat are made at the national chairman’s discretion.

Speaking in a statement titled “Rebuilding the APC to Reform Nigerian Politics: Task Before President Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu,” said, “The sad reality is that the APC as constituted today is only a shadow of itself, with a national Chairman who is highly unaccountable and runs the affairs of the party more like a garrison commander.

”He relates to his colleagues in the NWC just like his appointees. In their name, he meets other leaders of the party and seeks to manipulate party decisions to suit personal vested interests that are only known to him.

“Recall the shameful attempt to impose Sen. Ahmed Lawan as the consensus presidential candidate of the party. In all the so-called consultations he claimed to have had with other leaders of the party on the matter, perhaps except for the National Secretary (Iyiola Omisore), no member of the NWC was either informed of the details of the consultations or invited.

“Similarly, the NWC was never invited to consider any proposal being negotiated. It was only on June 6, 2022, ahead of June 8, 2022, National Convention, that Sen. Adamu invited the NWC to inform members that a consensus presidential candidate in the person of Sen. Ahmed Lawan had been chosen. Members were not even given the opportunity to comment on the matter.”

His assertion comes exactly one year after he complained in a letter that was leaked about how the APC leadership was essentially a one-man show to former President Muhammadu Buhari, the then-Senate President Ahmad Lawan, the Speaker of the House of Representatives Femi Gbajabiamila, and other APC stakeholders.

Lukman cautioned that the leadership of the NWC might “snowball” into oblivion, similar to the former administrations of Adams Oshiomhole and Mai Mala Buni if the current scenario is not stopped quickly. Lukman called on President Tinubu to reform the APC.

He said, “With the election of leaders of the 10th National Assembly concluded on Tuesday and the victory of the nominated candidates of the APC for the two chambers, President Bola Tinubu, being the leader of the party, needs to prioritise rebuilding the APC to reform Nigerian politics so that our political parties are developed to grow beyond being mere election vehicles.

“As it is now, the management of the party is limited to the discretion of the national chairman, and when it is convenient, he involves members of the National Working Committee. In a few cases, Adamu gets the NWC to legitimise his decisions when the APC constitution only assigns administrative responsibility of implementing decisions of superior organs such as the NEC, National Caucus and National Advisory Council to the NWC.

“So far, powers of superior organs of the party have been illegally usurped by the National Chairman and, by extension, the NWC.”

Efforts to get the reactions of the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Felix Morka, and the APC Director of Publicity, Bala Ibrahim, proved abortive.

As of the time of filing this report, they had not picked up the calls or responded to the messages.

“Lukman is a member of the NWC and one of us. What he wrote is from his own point of view. But I can assure you all matters will be resolved at the end of the day,” Deputy National Organising Secretary of the party, Nze Chidi Duru, told our correspondent in a phone chat.

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