Concerted efforts by Governor Nasir El-Rufai of Kaduna State, to rally his APC colleagues to save the party appear to be yielding fruit, insiders have told Newsdiaryonline.
According to party sources, two indicators point to this: At the meeting with APC governors on Tuesday, President Muhammadu Buhari affirmed his choice of Senator Abdullahi Adamu as national chairman of the party and the governors also insisted on the 26 March date for the national convention.
It was further learnt in the aftermath of the meeting, a copy of the zoning arrangement for APC positions with the president’s signature was also released.
Informed insiders said these developments have therefore put paid to claims that the President was undecided on the national chairman or the zoning arrangements.
Governor Nasir El-Rufai was said to have left Kaduna State on Monday for Abuja after presiding over the weekly Executive Council meeting.
“His two-fold mission was to ensure that the convention of the All Progressives Congress(APC),is not sabotaged by the Mala Buni group. And that they do not temper with the zoning,as approved by the president”, an insider said.
The Mala Buni group is believed to be working hard to upturn the zoning arrangement and delay the convention so that it can be held simultaneously with the primaries for the 2023 elections.
Their agenda within an agenda, is to ensure that the convention is postponed until May, so that they can conduct the convention and presidential primaries.
Many governors reportedly disagree with Buni, who they suspect of having his personal ambition.
As the intrigues intensified, that list of the convention planning committees released by the Buni group alarmed the president and other stakeholders, this newspaper learnt.
“The president made it abundantly clear that vigilance is the watchword,until the convention holds”, an insider said.
Sources close to Buni however described him as a unifier whose top priority is to resolve the crisis bedevilling the party.
it could be recalled that when he took the present task of leading the party Buni reportedly described himself thus:“I know the party very well. It’s all about doing justice to every member of the party because without justice there won’t be peace. It is all about team play.
“I am a team player; I have a capable team that can work with me. If you don’t manage the crisis, obviously crisis will manage you. So, I won’t allow any crisis to fester henceforth.”