September 29, 2023

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APC crisis: Search for Adamu’s successor begins

The search for a successor to the former National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Senator Abduallhi Adamu, has begun.

This followed the official confirmation on Monday of the resignation of Adamu, who has fallen out of favour with the party.

Top members of the National Working Committee of the party, led by the National Vice Chairman, North West, Salihu Moh. Lukman, had complained several times about the leadership of Adamu and the National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, who also resigned on Monday.

This was not helped by the role played by Adamu in the process that led to the presidential primaries of the APC.

While the former Nasarawa State Governor said he had the authority of former President Muhammadu Buhari to announce a former President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, as the anointed candidate of the party for the presidential election, former Lagos State Governor and National Leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, won the ticket with a landslide at the primaries.

Tinubu then went on to win the presidential election as announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Following the confirmation of Adamu’s exit, which was confirmed by the Acting National Chairman, Abubakar Kyari, on Monday. the party has started shopping for Adamu’s replacement.

It was learnt that the choice of a replacement has been largely limited to the North Central, from where Adamu hails.

Among those on the list are Simon Lalong, Tanko Al-Makura, James Faleke and Silas Agara.

Lalong, the immediate past Governor of Plateau State, played a huge role in the election of Tinubu, serving as the Director General of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.

Indeed, many had tipped Lalong to emerge as the Chief of Staff to President Tinubu.

He was, however, edged out by a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.

Al-Makura, a former Governor of Nasarawa State, is also highly favoured to succeed Adamu.

His biggest plus is that he is from Nasarawa State, from where Adamu hails.

He was in the Senate as the representative of Nasarawa South Senatorial District after his two term tenure as governor, but lost his reelection bid to the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mohammed Onawo, in the 2023 polls.

Faleke, the representative of Ikeja Federal Constituency, is from Kogi State.

He is one of the closest politicians to President Tinubu.

For Agara, a former Deputy Governor of Nasarawa State, his state of origin also highly favours him.

According to available information, with the arrival of President Tinubu from the meeting of the African Union on Monday, the process for the emergence of another National Chairman for the APC has commenced