The efforts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) stakeholders at both national and state levels to resolve the lingering crisis in the Kogi State chapter of the party seem to have failed. JAMES AZANIA examines why the crisis, which has pitched Governor Yahaya Bello and his loyalists against the Audu/Faleke/Ametuo-led state executive council, has proved intractable.
THE warring factions in the Kogi State chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) appear unwilling to compromise. Despite efforts by stakeholders to unite the fold, all the sides to the crisis remain obdurate.
The crisis started the moment it became obvious that Alhaji Yahaya Bello was going to be governor. The death of Alhaji Abubakar Audu, the party’s governorship flag bearer in the 2015 election just before the party was declared winner of the election, created a lacuna. The framers of the electoral law did not envisage a situation where a party’s standard bearer would pass away in the process of the election. The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared the poll inconclusive.
Bello who came second in the governorship primary was later to emerge as the APC candidate, thus foreclosing the chances of the running mate to the late Audu, Hon. James Faleke, stepping into the shoes of his former principal. From thast moment, “things fell apart and the centre could no longer hold”.
From the litigations that ensued, to Bello’s choice of appointees, to the perceived…