The All Progressives Congress, APC’s National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, have reportedly been under pressure to quit ahead of this week’s meeting of the National Caucus and National Executive Committee, NEC.
According to information obtained by Vanguard, some party leaders circulated a list of purported “sins” committed by Adamu against President Bola Tinubu weeks before the latter announced his intention to run for office last year.
According to an APC official who is familiar with the party’s inner workings, the NEC meeting on Tuesday is likely to agree a schedule for a midterm election convention to fill party vacancies.
The party leader said: “Consequently, there are some forces within the party who are likely to meet with Adamu on Sunday night or early Monday to pressure him into resigning rather than been shown the exit door.
“As you know, many of the new state governors have not made all their appointments. Even at that, some party officials have been appointed into government.
“At the national level, it is very likely that some national officers or members of the National Working Committee NWC would be appointed into government. Once that is done, there will be vacancies which would be filled through the convention. The convention could also provide a window to get Adamu out.”
According to a second source, Omisore will also be fired as part of the campaign to get rid of Adamu since some bitter NWC members have long accused him of running the party by himself and Adamu.
The controversial audit report of the party, according to a party official, will be one of the defences used against Adamu.
He said: “Under our constitution, only the NEC of the party can appoint an external auditor to audit the accounts of the party but Adamu, after being forced to render financial accounts, decided to enlist his own auditor, bypassing NEC. He thereafter presented the report of his auditors to the NWC for ratification. The party has an auditor. Adamu should simply have allowed him to do his job convey his findings to the NWC. After then, the NWC will review the National Auditor’s report, consider it, and send it to the NEC, which has the authority to choose an outside auditor to review our financial records. However, this has not happened.
The party’s national publicity secretary, Mr. Felix Morka, did not react to messages seeking his confirmation of the allegation and remained silent overall.