The ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, is presently in turmoil as the crisis preceding the party’s national convention and presidential primaries intensified on Monday night after the party’s chairman was nowhere to be found.
The party chairman’s whereabouts became largely unknown despite escalated activities over the party’s ongoing convention in Abuja.
Newsheadline247 understands that Adamu was not at the office when APC governors arrived to hold a meeting with him over unresolved issues dogging the convention.
Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari had reportedly asked the governors to meet with Adamu and settle outstanding questions around zoning and consensus of the party’s presidential ticket.
“We don’t know where he disappeared to and the governors and other important people are saying they have to see him urgently,” a senior party official was quoted as saying according to Peoples Gazette. “It is hard to believe that the chairman could just leave his office and switch off his phones like that.”
The governors we compelled to meet only with other members of the National Working Committee (NWC) at the party’s headquarters.
The APC governors were coordinated at the meeting by their chairman and Kebbi Governor Abubakar Atiku-Bagudu. They met in camera at the NEC Hall of the party’s national secretariat.
The meeting was presided over by Abubakar Kyari, deputy national chairman north.
The governors and some members of the NWC have been seething over Adamu’s plot to impose Senate President Ahmad Lawan as the party’s presidential candidate under a consensus arrangement.
Adamu had said Buhari asked him to make the move, a claim that was swiftly debunked by the president’s aides in official statements.
Other members of the NWC have said they will be siding with the northern governors to ensure the emergence of a southern as the party’s flagbearer.
Bagudu said the governors will continue to search for Adamu to ensure that all issues are resolved and the party is not plunged into further crisis during its two-day convention.
A spokesman for Adamu did not return a request seeking comments about the chairman’s whereabouts.