Infighting as Nigeria’s ruling party chairman quits
Senator Abdullahi Adamu, the national chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), has resigned from his position along with the party’s national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore.
He stepped down nearly five months after leading the party to victory in the presidential elections.
Senator Adamu took over as the party’s head shortly before the February general elections.
However, there have been internal disputes within the party’s leadership since President Bola Tinubu assumed office about two months ago.
The chairman’s resignation could signify a significant division within the party, which might have implications for the president’s cabinet appointments and governance.
The exact reasons behind his decision to quit are not clear.
During the APC presidential primaries, Senator Adamu faced criticism for allegedly supporting Senate President Ahmad Lawan’s bid for the head of state position.
However, this stance was opposed by a group of governors from northern Nigeria, who expressed their preference for Mr. Tinubu.
After an emergency party meeting in Abuja, Deputy National Chairman Abubakar Kyari informed journalists that the resignation letter submitted by Senator Adamu did not provide any specific reasons for his departure.
As a result, Mr. Kyari has taken over the leadership of the APC as the acting chairman.