President Muhammadu Buhari has taken over the process of restoring the confidence of aggrieved members of the All Progressives Comgress (APC), as the crisis within the party deepens. The development was confirmed to Punch on Sunday, October 28, by a top-ranking member of the party’s National Working Committee, on the condition of anonymity.
The source stated: “The president has chosen a different approach this time; he is meeting with the aggrieved persons directly so that he can deal with the situation. “As you know, some of our party people go to tell him things, and only the aggrieved can say what level of injustice they suffered. He even met with a delegation of aggrieved party members from Bauchi yesterday (Saturday, October 27).” The development was also reportedly confirmed by Garba Shehu, the president’s senior special assistant on media and publicity.
Shehu made the disclosure amidst reports that a five-man committee had been set up by the president, to look into the post-primaries crises and advise him accordingly. He said Buhari was “deeply and directly involved” in the efforts aimed at ensuring peace in the party; even though he did not give details of the president’s intervention. He stated: “The president is aware of the urgency of the situation (the APC post-primaries crises) and he is dealing with the matter headlong. He is directly and deeply involved in how to resolve the issue; as can be seen from his activities lately.”
Recall that it was reported that a source close to the Presidential Villa claimed that President Muhammadu Buhari was embarrassed and worried by the crisis in the All Progressives Congress (APC) and had ordered the party’s national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, to fix it. The source claimed that the president instructed the national chairman to ensure that all the controversies surrounding the governorship and state assemblies’ primary elections must be resolved.