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Supreme Court Ruling on APC Caretaker Chairman Raises Tension

On the instruction and supervision of President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo is working out a safe option to resolve the internal political crisis that followed the Supreme Court ruling, last week, on the fate of the current All Progressives Congress (APC) national caretaker leadership.

Informed members of the party explained, that the Vice President has already been holding consultations with party leaders and governors on a solution that would save the party from future legal traps and at the same time be acceptable to all within the APC.

As early as Friday, last week, Osinbajo first held a legal review session with lawyers in the federal cabinet where the issue was discussed and later also engaged in wide consultations with APC governors just before the ward congresses of Saturday.

The caretaker committee chairman was also reported to have rushed down to the Villa over the weekend with the Kogi State governor to explain the stance of the current party leadership to the Vice President after earlier efforts to reach him on Friday failed.

Vice President Osinbajo, who has been asked to resolve the matter by the President, is intent on ensuring that the party benefits from what seems to be a legal warning from the Supreme Court ruling, which had a four/three verdict with justices questioning the constitutional validity of a sitting governor holding an executive post such as national party caretaker chairman.

While a last-minute cancelation of the congresses was on the table on Friday night, APC governors explained to the Vice President that majority of them would rather prefer to go on with the congresses even though some felt an outright cancelation of the exercise would be inevitable if it went ahead.

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