In a dramatic turn of events, the political landscape reverberated with tensions as Yahaya Bello, the Governor of Kogi State, staged a protest at the residence of Abdullahi Ganduje, the National Chairman of the party. The crux of Bello’s protest was a fervent demand for the immediate resignation of Deputy National Publicity Secretary-designate, Duro Meseko. Here are the key highlights from the unfolding situation:
Governor Bello’s Protest Moves to Ganduje’s Doorstep
Escalating his stance, Governor Yahaya Bello, flanked by his entourage, departed from the party secretariat and directed their steps towards the residence of Abdullahi Ganduje on Thursday evening. This strategic move followed the abrupt abandonment of the planned inauguration of the National Working Committee zonal officers.
Ita-Giwa’s Parallel Protest Adds to the Fray
As the atmosphere remained charged, former Senator Florence Ita-Giwa, representing the Cross River South Senatorial District, orchestrated a separate protest. Alongside Adolphus Ogar, the Chairman of Cross River APC, Ita-Giwa’s delegation converged on Ganduje’s residence, fueled by a potent mix of determination and dissatisfaction.
Controversy Over Nominations and Appointments
Amidst the fervor, a central point of contention emerged regarding nominations and appointments within the party. Ita-Giwa voiced her displeasure, specifically questioning the decision to replace Dr. Stella Odey-Ekpo, a former Cross River State Commissioner for Local Government, with Dr. Mary Alile Idele from Edo State for the position of National Women Leader. Ogar emphasized the traditional rotation of the National Women Leader position between Cross River and Akwa Ibom, urging for transparency and fairness in the party’s decisions.
The political turbulence, heightened by Governor Bello’s unyielding demand and Ita-Giwa’s vocal protest, underscores the complexities and power dynamics within the party. The situation remains fluid as high-profile politicians stake their positions, leaving an air of anticipation for how the party leadership will address this mounting crisis.