With Victor Giadom As APC Chairman, The 2023 Political Battle Between Amaechi And Tinubu Has Begun
Alot of Nigerians are watching with keen interest as what will be the fall out of the National Executive Council meeting of the ruling All Progressive Congress. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Victor Giadom who is the factional Acting National Chairman of APC has been recognized by President Muhammadu Buhari as the Acting National Chairman of the party. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Buhari has acted base on the court judgement that empowered Giadom as the Acting National Chairman of the party. He will even attend the NEC meeting which will decide the future of the party.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. The crisis that has hit the party is one that President Buhari and other national leaders of the party are expected to resolve especially as the Edo and Ondo election come near. APC needs to put its house in order otherwise it will not have any candidate especially in Ondo where INEC has warned it that the signature of its National Chairman is not in the letter it wrote as it regards its Ondo Governorship primary. But what is happening in APC all about the 2023 race as who succeeds Buhari. 2023 is far but not far to some political heavyweights in APC. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. It is rumoured that Tinubu has the ambition of running for President in 2023. Former Governor of Rivers State, Rotimi Amaechi is also rumored to also have such ambition. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Both are interested in ensuring that their loyalist become the National Chairman of the party. Everyone knows the influence the National Chairman of a political party has in who becomes the Presidential Candidate of a party especially in Nigeria. Tinubu has had his loyalist Adams Oshiomhmole as the National Chairman of the party until his suspension. Also, the ill health of Senator Abiola Ajimobi who is his loyalist couldn't allow him to fight for the party National Chairmanship since he is the Deputy National Chairman South. Victor Giadom who is a loyalist of Amaechi now has court judgement that empowered him as the Acting National Chairman of the party. For those that didn't understand the court judgement, it was so because Giadom is the second highest member of the NEC who is also from the same zone of Oshiomhole where APC zoned the National Chairman. But the political battle between Bola Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi has begun with Victor Giadom as the Acting National Chairman of the party. Giadom is Amaechi's loyalty.
He is said to be opposed to the style of Bola Ahmed Tinubu. One should remember what happened in 2015 when Amaechi left the PDP for the APC. Even when many criticized him for dumping his brother Goodluck Jonathan whom he could have helped to become the President for the second time. Rumors had it then that Amaechi was offered the position of the Vice President. Although he denied it. Amaechi has good relationship with Buhari even when he was in PDP. He was the main person that sold Buhari to the South South. But his silence after Osibanjo was used as Vice President in 2015 and 2019 may not be ordinary.
View pictures in App save up to 80% data. He knows that Buhari may likely support a Southern candidate in 2023 all things being equal. The position of Victor Giadom who is his loyalist is one he will like to leverage to give the 2023 Presidency a shot. Godwin Obaseki is in the camp of Amaechi and Giadom. That was why Giadom immediately suspended the APC screening that disqualified Obaseki. He wanted him to return to the party and contest the Edo Governorship election but Obaseki had already made up his mind. The structure of APC may not favor Tinubu rather Ameachi if they NEC meeting of the APC gives Giadom the go ahead order. Alot of things will change in APC and loyalists to Tinubu may not have there way. This will be a big set back for his 2023 Presidency. Amaechi is the only South South person in Buhari's government that has the much influence to contest for Presidency. He will not like to miss it if such opportunity comes. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Amaechi has also indirectly endeared himself to the North by supporting Buhari even when Jonathan who comes from his zone wanted to complete his second tenure. He has openly shown his love for Buhari and that might really work for him. If Victor Giadom finally takes over as the Acting National Chairman which is likely, it will spark the political battle between Tinubu and Amaechi who are rumored to have Presidential ambitions. Amaechi played his card very well by agreeing to lead Buhari's campaign in 2015 and 2019. He knew that he needed to prove to Buhari and Northern politicians that he is capable. Tinubu and Rotimi Amaechi will be in a serious political battle as to gets what in the party. The only thing that will sort it is the supreme court setting aside the judgement of the Appeal Court which suspended Adams Oshiomhmole. That's only way Tinubu will have his men controlling the party again. Anything short of that is an advantage to Amaechi. View pictures in App save up to 80% data.
Buhari's influence will play alot in who flys the APC flag in 2023. Buhari has much influence in Northern Nigeria where much of the votes come from. His support for Victor Giadom as the Acting National Chairman who is Amaechi's loyalty speaks volume of what is likely to play in 2023. No thought Tinubu worked so hard for Buhari in 2015 by ensuring that he delivered Southwest to him. He also delivered Southwest to him 2019. Many Nigerians see him as the APC 2023 Presidential candidate. But the equation is gradually changing as it is now. The position of the National Chairman is very important to anyone who wants to be the President in any party. Atiku Abubakar was able to fly the flag of PDP in 2023 because of the cordial relationship he had with the National Leadership of the PDP. President Buhari will finish his tenure in 2023. View pictures in App save up to 80% data. Nigerians are watching to see how APC will produce its Presidential candidate. But for sure Rotimi Amaechi is likely to contest considering the political equation that has changed in APC's leadership as it is now. His defection to APC in 2015 was not ordinary. He has his political ambition just like Bola Ahmed Tinubu.