It appears that there has been a fatal blow in the power struggle within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), as the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Lukman tenders his resignation letter.
Although no clear-cut reason has been given for the resignation by the party and Lukman, it is important to note that the recent development may not be totally unrelated to the turmoil which has trailed the February National Convention of the APC.
There have been misunderstandings between the governors of the All Progressives Congress and the Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee over the party’s national convention.
Lukman and some stakeholders of the party had called for the resignation of the Governor of Yobe State, Buni, the Chairman of the Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and other members of the committee resigns if the party cannot hold its convention in February.
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The APC Governors met on Sunday at the Kebbi Lodge in Abuja to discuss the National Convention.
Several sources report that the decision to relieve Lukman of his duties was also taken at the meeting.
While some governors demanded that he steps down as he was being too vocal about certain issues, others insisted that he continues in his position.
In attendance at the meeting were, the Governors of Yobe, Mai Mala Buni; Borno, Babagana Zulum; Jigawa, Muhammad Abubakar; Ondo, Rotimi Akeredolu; Niger, Abubakar Bello; Kaduna, Nasir El-Rufai; Ekiti, Kayode Fayemi; Kogi, Yahaya Bello; Ogun, Dapo Abiodun; Zamfara, Bello Matawalle; Ebonyi, Dave Umahi; Osun, Gboyega Oyetola; Lagos, Babajide Sanwo-Olu; Plateau, Simon Lalong; Imo, Hope Uzondinma; Nasarrawa, Abdullahi Sule, Cross River, Ben Ayade; Kwara, AbdulRahman AbdulRazaq, Kano, Abdullahi Ganduje; and Deputy Governor of Anambra State, Nkem Okeke.