There are signals that key figures within the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the North Central region have initiated efforts to reclaim the party’s national chairmanship as gathered by Headlinenews.news investigative reports.
While the current national chairman, Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, has been in office for just about a year, insiders reveal that influential members from the North Central, the region of his predecessor, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, are mobilizing to rally support from other zones to expedite a change in leadership.
Ganduje, the former two-term governor of Kano State, assumed the role of APC national chairman on August 3, 2023, succeeding Adamu amid internal party strife linked to his initial opposition to President Bola Tinubu’s presidential aspirations.
Sources within the APC have confirmed that certain stakeholders in the North Central feel disgruntled by Ganduje’s ascent to the party’s leadership and are in discussions with dissatisfied power players from other regions to curtail his tenure.
Their dissatisfaction stems from the party’s constitution, asserting that Adamu’s replacement should have come from the North Central, especially considering his forced resignation before the end of his tenure.
Insiders suggest that Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, whose eight-year tenure concludes this month, is eyeing Ganduje’s position from the North Central zone and positioning himself to succeed him.
A source revealed, “The president, aside from his personal affinity with Ganduje, sees him as a very loyal and dependable political ally who can deliver not just the party’s ticket for him for 2027 but also the figures needed to retain the seat.”
APC chieftain Jackson Lekan Ojo confirmed that efforts to oust Ganduje were no longer mere rumors, emphasizing that if these forces proceed with their plans, both Ganduje and the president might find it challenging to resist.
He stated, “It is very true. If the public sees it as a rumor, it is no longer a rumor. There are heavy moves to oust Ganduje. The appointments were lopsided.”
Another source, speaking anonymously, outlined the game plan to remove Ganduje from office before the next general elections, highlighting the unpredictability of politics and the potential for significant changes.