June 25, 2024

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APC troubles expand

Legal Adviser El-Marzuq quits as Ganduje assumes national mantle

National legal adviser of All Progressives Congress, Ahmed El-Marzuq, has resigned from his position in the ruling party’s National Working Committee in the wake of immediate–past Kano State Abdullahi Ganduje becoming national chairman.

El-Marzuq, believed to be an ally of former national chairman of APC Sen. Abdullahi Adamu, reportedly threw in the towel Wednesday night after it apparently became obvious that “the powers that be” had decided on Ganduje.

Sources at the national headquarters of the party in Abuja confirmed that the legal icon has been under some form of pressure following the exit of Adamu.

The erstwhile national legal adviser was in the news three months ago when he recommended the expulsion of former National Vice-Chairman (North-west) Mallam Salihu Lukman, over his decision to take the party and his leadership to court.

El-Marzuq’s suggestion was contained in a leaked ‘legal opinion’ written to Adamu in April, 2023.

Efforts to get the reaction of the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Felix Morka, were unsuccessful. Deputy National Organising Secretary of the APC, Nze Chidi Duru, however confirmed the report.

Following a series of calls to him and a number of other NWC members to authenticate the report, Duru replied via text message to confirm El-Marzuq’s departure. “Yes,” he said but declined to comment further.

But, in the midst of the ding-dong, reports emerged Thursday night that APC NEC had appointed Ganduje national chairman. Basformer National Secretary, Iyiola Omisore.

The decision was taken barely an hour after President Bola Tinubu arrived at the Transcorp Hilton, venue of the party’s NEC meeting, on Thursday. The president arrived at the Congress Hall of the hotel surrounded by stern-looking security operatives suspected to be officers of the Department of State Services at about 11.35am. Curiously, Ganduje’s banners flooded APC secretariat.

Following the announcement of their appointments, supporters of Ganduje and Basiru broke into jubilation that almost disrupted the programme temporarily.

Among dignitaries that arrived early for the NEC meeting were Kogi State Gov. Yahaya Bello, former governor of Osun State and pioneer chairman of APC Chief Bisi Akande, acting National chairman of the party Sen. Abubakar Kyari, Ganduje and spokesperson for the ninth Senate Ajibola Basiru.