Ganduje Receives Support from APC Chairmen Amid Suspension Controversy

Kano State Governor Ganduje receives overwhelming support from APC state chairmen, dismissing his suspension as "African magic." This highlights the deep divisions and power struggles within Nigeria's ruling party ahead of the 2027 elections.

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Kano State Governor Ganduje Receives Support from APC Chairmen Amid Suspension Controversy

Ganduje Receives Support from APC Chairmen Amid Suspension Controversy

Kano State Governor Abdullahi Ganduje has received overwhelming support from 37 local government chairmen of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Nigeria, who have dismissed his recent suspension by the party's National Working Committee as "African magic." The endorsement comes amidst ongoing factional tensions within the APC, highlighting broader challenges facing the party's leadership.

On April 25, 2024, the Forum of APC State Chairmen paid a solidarity visit to the party's National Secretariat in Abuja, expressing their unwavering support for Ganduje. The acting chairman of the forum, Cornelius Ojelabi, affirmed that state chairmen across Nigeria stand fully behind the embattled governor. "The forum, led by its acting chairman and Lagos state chairman, Cornelius Ojelabi, described those behind the purported suspension as 'imposters' who do not mean well for the party," stated one of the chairmen present at the meeting.

Governor Ganduje, who also serves as the National Chairman of the APC, attributed the suspension drama to the influence of the New Nigeria People's Party (NNPP) and Kano State Governor Abba Yusuf. He likened the situation to a scene from a movie on "Africa Magic," a popular Nollywood channel. "Ganduje accused Yusuf of sponsoring impostors to carry out the suspension, describing it as a 'drama' fit for the Nollywood movie channel, Africa Magic," reported a source close to the governor.

The APC National Secretary, Dr. Bashir Ajibokla, assured the gathering that the National Working Committee members stand firmly behind Ganduje and will not allow any harm to come to him. The National Vice Chairman South South, Hon. Victor Giadem, also passed a vote of confidence on the national chairman on behalf of the committee.

Why this matters: The support for Governor Ganduje from the APC state chairmen underscores the deep divisions and power struggles within Nigeria's ruling party. As the country prepares for the 2027 general elections, the stability and unity of the APC will be critical factors in determining its success at the polls.

In a related development, the Ondo APC Primary Election Committee, chaired by Kogi State Governor Ahmed Usman Ododo, submitted its report to Ganduje. The national chairman congratulated Ododo for successfully conducting the primary election and commended the committee's performance in their first national assignment. Ganduje reiterated that the APC remains focused on its objectives and continues to attract more members, including state governors and senators, despite the internal challenges it faces.

Key Takeaways

  • 37 APC state chairmen endorse Ganduje, dismiss his suspension as "African magic".
  • Ganduje accuses NNPP's Yusuf of sponsoring "impostors" to suspend him from APC.
  • APC National Working Committee stands firmly behind Ganduje, won't allow his removal.
  • Divisions and power struggles within APC underscore challenges facing the ruling party.
  • Ganduje congratulates Ondo APC Primary Election Committee, says party remains focused.