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Major Shake-Up: Kyari Takes the Helm as Acting APC Chairman, Confirms Adamu and Omisore’s Shocking Resignation

The Deputy National Chairman (North) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Abubakar Kyari, has emerged as the party’s National Chairman.

Kyari succeeded Senator Abdullahi Adamu as the party’s chairman after a National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in Abuja on Monday.

In a surprising turn of events, Senator Abubakar Kyari has been appointed as the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), replacing Senator Abdullahi Adamu. The decision was made during a National Working Committee (NWC) meeting in the capital city, Abuja, on Monday.

Briefing reporters after the NWC meeting, Kyari formally announced the resignation of Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore as the party’s National Chairman and National Secretary respectively.

Kyari further said that in line with the constitution of the party, the Deputy National Secretary, Festus Fuanter, will serve as the acting National Secretary of the APC.

In a press briefing following the NWC meeting, Senator Abubakar Kyari officially announced the resignations of both Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore from their positions as the National Chairman and National Secretary of the APC. As per the party’s constitution, Festus Fuanter, the Deputy National Secretary, will assume the role of acting National Secretary.

“As members of the National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), we are here to address you to the happenings and recent developments regarding the party.

“The NWC wishes to inform you the resignation of the National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu and that of the National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.

“And with this development and according to the constitution of the All Progressive Congress, (APC), it is now incumbent on my humble self Senator Abubakar Kyari as a Deputy National Chairman, North to assume the office of the acting National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“And subsequently also, the Deputy National Secretary, Festus, Fuantar will now assume the office of the acting National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

“And with this recent developments in the change of leadership, I will like to inform everybody here that the proposed National Caucus meeting slated for Tuesday, the 18th of July 2023 and the National Executive Committee meeting of the All Progressives Congress (APC) slated for Wednesday night is July 2023 are hereby been postponed.

“And this postponement will not be indefinite but a new date will be communicated in the near future,” Kyari told journalists after the meeting.

During the press briefing, Senator Abubakar Kyari, in his capacity as the acting National Chairman, addressed the media on the recent developments within the APC. He announced the resignations of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore and their replacements. Kyari also mentioned the postponement of the upcoming National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings, with new dates to be communicated later.

On the reasons behind Adamu and Omisore’s resignations, Kyari said, “At this point, the individuals have resigned voluntarily and that is what is available at this moment. Reasons for resignations will be made to you in the near future.”

When asked about the reasons behind the resignations of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and Senator Iyiola Omisore, Senator Abubakar Kyari stated that they had voluntarily resigned and further details would be provided at a later time.

Adamu’s Defining Moments

In March 2022, Adamu emerged as APC national chairman about two years after the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC) was dissolved.

Adamu’s ordeal began during the buildup to the APC presidential primary in June 2022 when he announced then Senate President, Ahmad Lawan, as the party’s consensus candidate. The announcement was, however, strongly rejected by a league of then northern governors including Nasir El-Rufai and Abdullahi Ganduje who preferred former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu.

Tinubu eventually emerged as the party’s flag bearer after he trounced Lawan, then Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, ex-Transport Minister, Rotimi Amaechi; and other powerbrokers within the APC. The ex-Lagos governor would subsequently win the February 25, 2023 presidential poll.

There have been intra-party squabbles between the party’s camp that favoured Tinubu and other camps within the APC since the victory of Tinubu. However, the party had disregarded it as the usual politicking.

On July 4, 2023, Adamu rejected the list of principal officers for the 10th National Assembly (NASS) announced by Senate President, Godswill Akpabio; and House of Representatives Speaker, Tajudeen Abbas is not from the party’s secretariat.

On July 12, 2023, Tinubu met with the class of 1999 governors about six weeks after his inauguration as Nigeria’s President on May 29, 2023 but Adamu, who was the governor of Nasarawa State from May 1999 to May 2007 was conspicuously absent and no explanation was offered for the absence of the 76-year-old politician.

Adamu, also in the class of ’99 governors, also represented Nasarawa West Senatorial District in the National Assembly between May 2011 and April 2022.

Also on July 12, 2023, on Channels Television’s Politics Today programme, Omisore labelled the Vice-Chairman of the party in The North-West, Salihu Lukman as a “black sheep”.

However, Lukman, who had accused Omisore of mismanaging funds meant for campaigns in his home state, Osun State, during the just concluded general election, fired back, saying Adamu and Omisore were seeking to be emperors of the party.

The article provides a brief overview of Senator Abdullahi Adamu’s political journey within the APC. It mentions his appointment as the national chairman in March 2022 and the controversy surrounding his announcement of Ahmad Lawan as the party’s consensus candidate for the presidential primary. The party ultimately chose Bola Tinubu as the flag bearer, who went on to win the presidential election in February 2023. The article also highlights Adamu’s recent rejection of the list of principal officers for the 10th National Assembly and his absence from a meeting with Tinubu and other governors from the class of 1999. It concludes with a mention of Senator Iyiola Omisore labeling Salihu Lukman as a “black sheep” and Lukman’s response.

In conclusion, Senator Abubakar Kyari has taken over as the new National Chairman of the APC, replacing Senator Abdullahi Adamu. The reasons behind Adamu and Omisore’s resignations remain unknown, and further details will be provided in the future. Senator Adamu’s tenure as chairman has been marked by intra-party squabbles and controversies, including his rejection of the list of principal officers for the National Assembly. These events shed light on the dynamics within the APC and the power struggles within the party.

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