APC chairman Abdullahi Adamu asked to resign to make way for a Christian following Tinubu's victory

ALL Progressives Congress (APC) national chairman Senator Abdullahi Adamu has been asked to resign following the declaration of Asiwaju Bola Tinubu as Nigeria's president-elect because they are both Muslims.


On Saturday February 25, Nigerians went to the polls to elect a new president and Inec has subsequently declared Asiwaju Bola Tinubu of the APC the winner. Following his victory, Salihu Lukman, the APC's vice chairman northwest, has called on Senator Adamu to resign, so a Christian chairman can be elected in his place.


Mr Lukman called for an emergency national convention where a new national leadership of the party would be elected. He also called for the resignation of the APC's national secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, saying he has become a source of dispute in his native Osun State, which led to the APC losing there in the presidential elections.


According to Mr Lukman, with a national chairman who is also a Muslim, it would be important that every necessary step is taken to inject a change of leadership in the APC, so that a new leader who is a Christian can take over. He explained that part of the advantage of this is that the national chairman position could be retained in the north central geo-political zone.


Although arguing that the current national chairman has done an excellent job to manage a successful campaign to win the 2023 election with all the attendant challenges, Mr Lukman said it was time for change. He added that there should be no difficulty in convincing Senator Adamu to resign as national chairman to create an opportunity for a new leader to emerge who is a Christian.


Mr Lukman said: “For that to happen, it may require an emergency national convention because if the hierarchy of the current leadership is to be followed, the successor to Senator Adamu will be Senator Abubakar Kyari who is a Muslim from the northeast."


On the issue of the party secretary, Mr Lukman said rather than serving as a unifying factor, Senator Omisore is more of a divisive figure. He added that this might have been responsible for why APC lost the 2022 governorship election to a political mediocre whose only qualification in politics may appear to be a comic dancing skills.


Mr Lukman said to save Osun State and bring it back to its old standard of national political reckoning, Senator Omisore would need to resign and a new unifying national secretary elected. He pointed out that beyond Senator Omisore, any member of the national working committee of the party who is not a unifying leader in his or her state should be changed.