This platform gathered that other interest were last night holding their meeting in Abuja, based on their own zoning arrangement.
In fact, it was further gathered that other contestants for the VP Ticket, under the ruling party, according to party stakeholders, include the two Bellos, Governor Yahaya Bello of Kogi State and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Sani Bello, who some analysts say are ‘inconsequential’.
Prof Umaru Zullum of Borno State has also been mentioned as a possible candidate for VP even though his associates try to dismiss his aspiration as the handiwork of detractors.
However, the stiff contest, we gathered, has also created confusion in the proposed zoning arrangement, jeopardizing the party’s forthcoming national convention, anytime it holds.
The party, as at today, is in confusion over where to zone the chairmanship and other offices of the new NWC.
It is partly for this reason that the shifting of the date of the convention from February 26, by a few weeks was made possible as Buhari is said to have approved it.
But, more worrisome is the emerging discontentment by some members with the manner Buni is running the affairs of the party.
Alwan made the allegation while appearing on a Channels Television program “Sunday Politics” monitored by this platform on February, 20, 2022.
He was reacting to the lack of activities toward the National Convention, apparently not aware of its postponement then.
The Buni-led Caretaker Committee was appointed by President Muhammadu Buhari after the dissolution of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee (NWC), and is saddled with the responsibility of organising a convention to install a substantive Chairman.
However, the party is currently enmeshed in an internal strife allegedly caused by the desire of various groups to seize control of the party ahead of the 2023 presidential election.
There have been emergence of different factions across the states, particularly in Kano where Sen. Ibrahim Shekarau and Ganduje are in supremacy battle for the soul of the party
However, on Thursday, February 17, 2022, an Appeal Court declared the Ganguje faction as the authentic APC in the Kano.
While commenting on the crises rocking the party, Alwan said that “Because he doesn’t want to go, Buni doesn’t want to leave the party, he’s using the party platform to collect money from people.
“When the judgement of appeal court came on thursday and it was in favour of the Kano state government, and the Kano governor asked Mai Mala to issue a certificate of return to the substantive chairman, do you know what he said, he requested for money.
“He requested the governor gives him money before he issues the certificate…. is that not fraudulent?
“His excellency the governor Kano state is alive today, Mai Mala Buni is alive, you could ask from them, he requested for money.”
Alwan had to be cautioned severally to be wary of unsubstantiated allegations by the anchor of the program, Seun Okinbaloye
He maintained that he’s not interested in who emerges as the party’s chairman and warned that the party must avoid a repeat of what happened in Zamfara state in 2019 at the federal level in 2023.
Alwan called for the dissolution of the Caretaker committee because it has failed in its assigned responsibilities.