The national convention of the All Progressive Congress, APC, slated for May 14, has reportedly polarised the party and caused serious friction among state governors elected on the platform of the party.
The outcome of the convention will determine the group that would have the control of the party’s structure ahead of the 2019 general elections.
To this end. two factions, one led by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and the other by Chief John Oyegun are at loggerheads fighting to ensure their candidates take up the reins of the party’s structure come May 14, The Sun reported.
The paper said while Tinubu is currently leading eight serving governors pushing to install immediate past governor of Edo state, Adams Oshiomhole as the party’s national chairman, 16 other serving governors that tag themselves as pro-Buhari are bent on returning John Odigie-Oyegun and his National Working Committee, NWC members into office.
It said Governors lining up behind Tinubu to support Oshiomhole include Abdulaziz Yari of Zamfara state, Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Akinwumi Ambode of Lagos, Rauf Aregbesola of Osun, Abiola Ajimobi of Oyo, Abdullahi Ganduje of kano, Godwin Obaseki of Edo and Kashim Shettima of Borno. adding that the common thread to all these governors is that, apart from Ambode, Ganduje and Obaseki, the rest are rounding off their second term in office.
It listed those backing Oyegun as: Bindo Jibrilla of Adamawa; Mohammed Abdullahi Abubakar of Bauchi; Samuel Ortom, Benue; Badaru Abubakar, Jigawa; Nasir Ahmad el-Rufai, Kaduna; Aminu Bello Masari, Katsina; Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Kebbi; Yahaya Bello, Kogi; Abdulfatah Ahmed, Kwara; Umaru Tanko Al-Makura, Nasarawa; Abubakar Sani Bello, Niger; Ibikunle Oyelaja Amosun, Ogun; Oluwarotimi Odunayo Akeredolu, Ondo; Simon Lalong, Plateau; Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Sokoto; Ibrahim Geidam, Yobe.