THE NATION HEADLINE: APC governors battle for control of party

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All Progressives Congress (APC) governors and several other party top shots are now locked in a fresh battle for the control of party structures in the wake of the withdrawal of Chief John Odigie-Oyegun from the chairmanship race.
Odigie-Oyegun confirmed on Friday  ahead of the June 23 national convention of the APC that he would not be seeking a fresh mandate.
He cited party’s overall interest as his reason.
His withdrawal leaves the door wide open for ex-Edo State Governor Adams Oshiomhole to replace him.
But the scramble for other offices has now sparked an intense horse-trading by governors and leaders of the party who want to install their loyalists in the various posts.
Although Oshiomole already has the backing of President Muhammadu Buhari to replace Oyegun, the president’s strategists are perfecting plans to also  influence the emergence of the party’s next  National Secretary, Deputy National Chairman(North);  Deputy National Chairman (South); National Organizing Secretary, National Publicity Secretary and either National Women Leader or National Youth Leader.
Some of Buhari’s strategists are understood to be working with some governors and leaders on a Unity List to guide the National Convention.
However, the outcome of ongoing peace talks between Vice President Yemi Osinbajo and the leaders of the nPDP leaders may alter or enhance the Unity List.

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Mala, Imam, Bulama Yerima seek to be Secretary
Four party members have emerged as the leading contenders for the post of APC national secretary.
They are the incumbent, Mallam Mai Mala Buni (Yobe); a cerebral politician, Alhaji Kashim Imam (Borno); Buhari’s ardent loyalist, Waziri Bulama; and Dr. Haruna Yerima.
A top level party source said party leaders from Borno State have been “agitating for the zoning of the National Secretary to them since Yobe State currently occupies the position of Senate Leader. They also claim that Yobe has maintained the slot since 2014.
“But Yobe Governor, Alhaji Ibrahim Geidam has been making a strong case for Mai Mala Buni who may have to forego his governorship ambition in 2019 to retain the seat. APC leaders have also alleged that Borno has cornered almost all appointments zoned to the North-East including Chief of Staff to the President,  National Security Adviser, Chief of Army Staff, and others.
“Bauchi, Gombe, Taraba, and Adamawa are also demanding the office. The governors have however started discussions on how to resolve the issue amicably because the North-East is strategic for the President. Governor Kashim Shettima is coordinating mutual negotiation in this respect.”

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