APC crisis: Yekini Nabena urges President Buhari to convene emergency NEC meeting


Yekini Nabena

The Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has called on President Muhammadu Buhari to convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party to address the current leadership crisis.

Nabena, who addressed journalists on Saturday in Abuja, said the NEC meeting was necessary to deliberate on how to consolidate the APC’s control of Edo and Ondo States ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections.

“The APC is clearly at a tipping point. President Buhari is the leader of the party and it has become imperative for him to convene an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee to find solutions to the crisis and chart a way forward,” Nabena stated.

The Bayelsa born APC chieftain said Victor Giadom who is claiming the chairmanship of the APC was acting the script of his sponsors and fifth columnists.

He said: “At least four people are laying claim to the chairmanship of the APC following the court-ordered suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

“All manner of Court cases and orders are flying around contesting party decisions and National Working Committee positions.

“Factions are festering at the national level and many states.

“The several court cases and orders over the national leadership of the party has put the party in a standstill and is a legal threat to forthcoming elections in Edo and Ondo States.”

The APC deputy spokesman, while reacting to the claim by Giadom to the position of acting National Chairman, said: “Not too long ago, Victor Giadom claimed the position of the National Secretary now he is claiming the chairmanship.

“It is unfortunate that Victor Giadom is being used as a destabilizing agent by fifth columnists.

“On what ground is Victor Giadom claiming chairmanship of the Party when he long ceased to be a member of the National Working Committee following his resignation to contest as the Rivers State Deputy Governorship candidate in the 2019 elections.

“Whatever waiver Victor Giadom is brandishing cannot stand as the Constitution and INEC guidelines require resignation from public office to contest general elections, which Victor Giadom did by resigning as Deputy National Secretary.

“The same Victor Giadom and his sponsors are already engaging in anti-party activities through their continued support of Governor Godwin Obaseki despite formerly joining the Peoples Democratic Party to contest the Edo State Governorship election.

“The National Judicial Council should investigate boasts by sponsors of Victor Giadom, a minister and north central governor that they are in control of the Court of Appeal and are already using it to further their selfish interest and sabotage the APC.

“As I have always said, personal interest must never override Party interest.

“The APC is nobody’s personal property. I call on our dear President to accede to the request by majority of well-meaning party members and leaders and convene an emergency NEC meeting to address the leadership crisis and deliberate on consolidating the APC’s control of Edo and Ondo States ahead of the forthcoming governorship elections,” Nabena said.

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