APC fails to ratify Akande, el-Rufai as Chairman, Secretary

Parties disagree again on nominations into interim exco.

The leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC, failed to ratify the nomination of Bisi Akande and Nasir el-Rufai as the interim national chairman and secretary of the association respectively, at their meeting in Abuja on Wednesday, due to minor disagreements, party sources said.

The approval of the other officers of the association, nominated by their parties, was also put on hold for the same reason.

Opposition parties that resolved last February to dissolve into APC are the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN; Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP; and a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

The parties had organised a plenary session on Tuesday last week where it resolved to ask their leaderships to nominate their preferred members into the interim executive committee. The session was attended by the members of the Joint Inter-Party Merger Committee, JIMC, and other representatives of the parties.

PREMIUM TIMES had reported that ACN nominated Mr. Akande, who is its national chairman to play a similar role in the yet-to-be registered APC while the CPC nominated Mr. el-Rufai, a former Minister of the Federal Capital Territory, FCT, as the national secretary of the association.

Wednesday’s meeting of the leaders, which was convened to approve the lists sent by the parties, was attended by their chairmen, deputy chairmen and other top members.

Among the leaders reportedly at the meeting were Mr. Akande and his counterparts in CPC and ANPP, Tony Momoh and Ogbonnaya Onu. Others were the national leaders of the CPC and ACN, Muhammadu Buhari and Bola Tinubu, respectively.

Although some of the leaders from whom PREMIUM TIMES sought to know the outcome of the meeting refused to speak, it was gathered that the meeting could not agree on some of the nominees.

A leader of the ANPP, who pleaded anonymity, said the party would only forward its nominees when it is told about the position available to it, an indication that the sharing of the positions is yet to be concluded.

A leader of ACN in one of the South-South states who attended the meeting, simply told PREMIUM TIMES that “If they said Akande and el-Rufai have been appointed, I won’t doubt it.”

CPC spokesman, Rotimi Fashakin and his ANPP counterpart, Emma Eneukwu in telephone interviews, merely confirmed that the members of the National Working Committees of the parties were not allowed to attend the meeting and therefore would not provide any information on it.


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    u just told us that PDP sokoto crisis deepens–what do u call this one-confusion at APC meeting or what/ the worst thing to happen to this nation is attempt by buhari and tinubu to steal themselves into aso rock-it will never happen-Nigerians are no fools-el rufai has presidential ambition-buhari also has one-to defend boko haram- his fake certificates-look its the spirit of Abiola that is hunting them in the North and west

    • jonathan

      mpitikwelu_na_olapedro_na_awusa , I want to visit Oga Jonathan for Aso Rock-will you be around to take me round the villa? I will like to see Madam oil-diezani madueke too. Will you be around?

  • Salisu Dan-Gombe

    This is making me angry; very very angry indeed!!!! Can you imagine these Yorubas having the boldness to demand for post of National Chairman and even opposing the nomination of El Rufai. May be someone should remind these loud-mouthed but cowardly Yorubas that we are born-to-rule and we are Northern Muslim Hausa-Fulani; real owners and sole rulers of Nigeria. I hope this meeting will be the last of such. From now on, we will make the decisions and merely inform them.

    • Proudly northerner

      None of the northern leaders or elders enjoins or share such views of yours as neither do we the northern masses share such negative ideology. The holy prophet PBUH enjoins equality and justice. Pls such thought should not cross your mind personally as a staunch northerner I am ashamed !!!

    • Dan Arewa

      You are not from the north because you are only disguising using northern name just to cause disharmony between north and south west. I tell u no real northerner will make such your remarks. A real northerner is always for the unity of Nigeria no matter what. The so called Dan-Gomber is really working for some misguided who do not want the unity of the country. A Muslim Hausa/Fulani is always proud of unifying the country but not to cause havoc. May God Almighty save Nigeria (ameen).


      The thoughts of an Igbo man showing off as a fulani–mumu how can a fulani claim to be a northern Moslem–see the problem with 9jas from the old regions of the country/ we call them spoilers-Amaechi supporters club of pitakwa

      • jonathan

        Kuku kinglsely_na_asari dokubo_ akpos1_na_ola pedro_na_salisu Dan Gombe_na_ndidi_na_Patience_na_diezani_Alison_madueke_na_awusa_deri_na_afam_concernednigerian-wetin “Dr” Patience Dame Goodluck Jonathan talk about dis one now? You don collect this week’s salary?

    • jonathan

      Olapedro_na_mpitikwelu_na_Gombe_na_Awusa_na_salisu_na_deri_Dan_Na_afam_na_Mrpeter 2000,_na_Jonathan_diezani_Goodluck_na_dame

      Ol boy, how now . Me I just dey laf 000 wetin Oga on top talk about all this now? Wetin e say make you talk?

    • GB

      Hey Salisu,u must learn to marshal ur points and grieviances moderately.

  • Ustaz Umar Sanusi

    True El Rufai cannot be trusted; but he is one that can bodly stand his ground against the overbearing influences and dictatorial tendencies of Bola Tinubu.

  • emmanuel

    The first chess played by Buhari & Tinubu is emasculation of El-Rufai. Thereafter, it will be self seeking presidential ambition.
    El-Rufai is also a art crook like them, who nor want beta thing?

    The APC will only succeed in winning more states,but may never sheath presidential ambition for the other. That is where the failure will come from.

  • GB

    CPC leaders, i would like to enjoin u to subjugate all parochial motives in the intrest of our Nation’s progress, peace and sustainability.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    APC leaders better tithen up their loose belts and knock their heads together and get serious in unity and commence good understanding of each one another and avoid desperate PDP-intruders and paid nosing around elements from destroying the new progressive opposition political party
    APC better move fast enough to consolidate their unity,understanding and concert efforts and move forward beyond sniping desperate PDP-one party state ultimate goal of continuing to rule
    Nigeria for the next sixty years uninterrupted as promised by PDP corrupt and democracy-moral
    degenerative political party which has been ruling Nigeria corruptly since 1999 with nothing positive and democratic benefit to Nigerians.