There are cracks in the National Working Committee (NWC) of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as some members are not on the same page with the national chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu ahead of the party’s presidential primary slated for June 6, 7 and 8, 2022.
The crack in the NWC is hinged on Adamu’s ‘leadership style,’ which is receiving heavy bashing.
A national vice chairman, North West, Salihu Mohammed Lukman, in a letter dated May 27, 2022 and addressed to Adamu, with the title, “Rebuilding the APC: Need for New Initiatives,” stressed the need to avoid past errors in the administration of the party.
He alleged that the new NWC under Adamu was gradually toeing the old path of the leadership style of Comrade Adams Oshiomole and Mai Mala Buni, where decisions are taken but left unimplemented and members not carried along in the scheme of things.
The letter reads in part, “Under your leadership, the current NWC is gradually snowballing into similar circumstances where decisions are taken and allowed to lay bare, and in some instances, changed without necessarily taking the needed steps to carry members along.
“Presidential aspirants are yet to be screened. The official explanation is that you are awaiting final consultation with President Buhari. At the risk of sounding agitated, this is unfair to the president because to the best of my understanding, it is an attempt to use his name to give excuses for failure.
“I find it necessary to send this letter to further appeal to you to review our approaches under the current NWC under your leadership. It is now two months since we came into office and you have so far raised a lot of expectations given that some of the problems, which undermined the support base of previous leadership, would appear to have been minimised.
“For instance, meetings of the NWC are now held almost every week. Members participate actively, and where necessary, engage and contest issues.
“It is to your credit that you accept the positions of members even when you disagree. This is a remarkable departure from what was obtained in the past where the national chairman conduct meetings of party organs as chief executive, and to that extent, therefore, exercises prerogatives and overrules members.
“The big challenge is ensuring that decisions taken are faithfully implemented. The inability of the previous leadership under Adams Oshiomhole and Mai Mala Buni to implement decisions taken were partly responsible for the leadership crisis that confronted the party.
Lukman copied President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President, Ahmed Lawan; Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, Chief Bisi Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Comrade Adams Oshiomole, Chief Ogbonayan Onu and all the NWC members.