Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress, has asked the party’s slate of governors to an urgent meeting on Sunday.
According to information obtained, the incident may not be unrelated to the escalating conflict between President Major General Muhammadu Buhari (ret.) and a few resentful governors over the naira redesign policy, which has caused immeasurable misery for Nigerians over the past three weeks.
However, there were violent protests that resulted in deaths and property damage to banks in various areas.
The lingering cash squeeze, blamed on the Central Bank of Nigeria, was further worsened by the declaration by the President that the old N1,000 and N500 notes had ceased to be legal tender as against the position of the Supreme Court. He had also directed the CBN to allow the old N200 to co-exist with the new N200 note.
El Rufai and the governors of Kogi and Zamfara states, also APC, sued the Federal Government seeking a restraining order to quash the deadline on the usage of the old notes. Several other APC governors had also joined the suit against the Federal Government.
The friction between the President and the governors heightened on Friday when the APC Presidential Campaign Council released a statement to debunk claims that the presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, asked some APC governors to disregard Buhari’s directive.
While describing the claims as fake news, the Director of Media and Publicity for the APC PCC, Bayo Onanuga, noted that the information did not emanate from the PCC Adviser on Media and Communications, Mr Dele Alake, as alleged.
Hours after the PCC’s statement, however, the party through its National Publicity Secretary, Felix Morka, announced that the APC national chairman would meet with all APC governors on Sunday.
Although Morka did not state the agenda for the meeting, sources noted it had a lot to do with the division and cold war going on in the party.
The statement read, “The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, His Excellency, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, invites state governors of the party to an emergency meeting to be held on Sunday, February 19, 2023 by 2pm at the National Secretariat, Abuja.”