Day of Long Knives At APC As Senator Abdullahi Adamu Is Forced Out

Senator Abdullahi Adamu (Credit: Businessday)

There are ongoing reports of a forced resignation from office of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abdullahi Adamu.

Adamu is said to have been forced out alongside the National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

Adamu is said to have resigned after getting a letter and feelers from President Bola Tinubu to activate his exit from the office.

The letter was said to have been delivered from the President to Senator Adamu by the Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodinma.

This development comes ahead of the schedule meeting of the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party on Tuesday and Wednesday.

It is expected that the Deputy National Chairman North of the party, Senator Abubakar Kyari will step in and hold forth in line with the party’s constitution which allows for the Deputy National Chairman from the zone of an ex-National Chairman to step into the position until the NWC holds a meeting to formally announce a new Chairman.

As expected, the earlier public support for the presidential ambition of Senator Ahmad Lawan, in obvious disregard of the other candidates during the run-up to the APC presidential primaries, would have played a key role in the resignation of Senator Adamu.

The APC is a merger of two political groups, Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

The CPC has its foundations in the North while the ACN originated from the West.

Adamu was a member of the CPC, just as ex-President Muhammadu Buhari and Senator Ahmad Lawan. It was naturally expected that Adamu would rather support a fellow CPC member and Northerner for the position of President. However, this support was brazen and insensitive given that another Northerner, Muhammadu Buhari had ruled the country for two terms. It was considered a given that the position of the President should rotate to the South.

This overstep by Adamu would not have gone unforgiven by then candidate, Bola Tinubu, who won the APC presidential primaries, and was subsequently declared winner of the 2023 presidential elections by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

The case of Iyiola Omisore who is from the same zone as the President is a little bit unclear. Maybe it is a case of mistrust or he was asked to go to give a perception of a clear-out at the top of the party hierarchy.

Whatever happens next is surely in the hands of President Bola Tinubu who will now have a free hand to hand pick the next National Chairman of the APC.

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