Nigeria’s Ruling Party’s National Chairman Resigns, Signaling Internal Turmoil.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), Nigeria’s ruling party, is facing internal turmoil as its national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, steps down from his position, merely five months after leading the party to victory in the presidential elections.
Senator Adamu, a former governor of Nasarawa state, served as the head of the party just ahead of the crucial February general elections. His resignation comes alongside that of the national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
Since President Bola Tinubu assumed office around two months ago, there have been ongoing conflicts within the party’s leadership. The chairman’s sudden departure hints at a potential division within the party, which could impact the president’s cabinet appointments and governance.
The reasons behind Senator Adamu’s decision to quit are not entirely clear. However, during the APC presidential primaries, he faced criticism for allegedly backing Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as a candidate for the head of state position. This stance was met with strong opposition from a league of governors from northern Nigeria, who expressed their preference for Mr. Tinubu.
Eventually, Mr. Tinubu emerged as the party’s flagbearer and secured victory in the presidential election.
After an emergency party meeting in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman Abubakar Kyari stated that no specific reason was given in Senator Adamu’s resignation letter.
Following the departure of the national chairman, Mr. Kyari has taken on the responsibility of acting chairman of the APC. The party’s internal dynamics and leadership changes will undoubtedly draw attention as Nigeria moves forward in its political landscape.