Alleged choice of Al Makura as APC National Chairman causes worry among party stakeholders
By Centus Nweze
With indication rife that the North Central of the country may be favoured to produce the next substantive National Chairman at the next party convention, there is disquite over one of the choices of names being thrown up as a contender for the post.
As gathered, Tanko Almakura, former governor, Nasarawa state is believed to be one of the early names being thrown up from the zone to contest for the post of national chairman when the current caretaker committee under Gov Buni Yari of Yobe State hand over.
But trouble appears to have ensued over the choice of Almakura as being bandied by a group led by Ibrahim Sule, the current governor of Nasarawa.
Concentric power in APC is believed to be vested in the governors, both past and still serving.
But the past experience of having former governors as national party chairman is said to be making the governors caucus in APC wary of Almakura.
According to a chieftain of the party who spoke to ElombahNews in Abuja, governors come into the office believing it’s like being a governor once again.
“As a governor, there are many things you can get away with because you have executive power and you are surrounded with immunity,” the chieftain said.
Moreover, the source added, former governors come in with their own agendas, caucus and party structures that may not necessarily accommodate wider interests.
“This largely cost us losses in Zamfara and Rivers, Edo and Oyo,” explained the party source, obliquely hinting at the tenure of Adams Oshiomole.
There are also worries that Almakura might not be able to handle the rigours of the job healthwise.
“Party administartion comes with a lot of regours and presence of mind and there are fears that Al Makura may not be up to it,” explained the newspaper’s source.
The politician said that his observation is not discriminatory in any form since Al Makura performed creditably well as governor for eight years in Nasarawa even while having what has been discribed as progressive hearing loss.
The online newspaper also learnt that Almakura still suffers soreness after a heap replacement surgery he underwent in 2014.