by Paul Osas
Having satisfied all the conditions to function as a political party set by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) the race for the position of the Chairman Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Progressives Congress (APC) is on.
It is expected that Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu and Gen. Mohammadu Buhari will play a key role in the new BoT.
However, reports by some national dailies today are claiming that some old politicians who have not been linked with the new party before now, are being touted as potential chairmen of the party’s board. Names like former military leader, General Ibrahim Babangida, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, former Defence Minister, Gen. Theophilus Danjuma, NADECO chairman and retired Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu are some of the names already pencilled by the leadership of the party to be involved in the policy making organ of the party, reports say.
Considering that some of the names listed above are the same names that held sway only recently in the PDP, the APC faces an uphill task explaining to Nigerians why their promise of being a party with a difference should be believed.
“It is believed that the protem chairman of the BoT will come from the South since the party has ceded the presidential slot to the North and all expectation is that either Tinubu or his appointee will emerge as the chairman of the privileged arm of the party.
“But the BoT may also consider some other members of the National Working Committee from the merger parties as well as some other Nigerians who are opposed to the tyrannical style of leadership of the PDP,” an undisclosed source knowledgeable about the new party’s activities said.
The source added that, “It is the believed in the APC that most Nigerians are tired of the style of governance forced on us by the PDP and since the only way to end that national embarrassment is through the ballot, APC is the only viable option and 2015 will be a watershed in the history of Nigeria. We are all eagerly looking for the change we all hoped for.”
Another problem which the new party will have to contend with is how to satisfy the ambitions and egos of some of its party leaders who pioneered the merger arrangement. Men like the National Chairman of the Congress for Progressive Change, Prince Tony Momoh, National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, Dr. Ogbonnanya Onu and the founder of the Democratic Peoples Party and former governor of Sokoto State, Alhaji Atahiru Bafarawa, as a well as the strong man of Borno politics and former Borno governor, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff.