The All Progressives Congress, APC, was at the weekend teetering towards a major crisis following serious disagreements over the emergence of the new leadership of the National Assembly.
The party leadership was, however, last night rallying round to quench the dissent with an appeal for unity, saying the party must not enter tomorrow’s leadership contest as a divided party.
That appeal was, however, of little effect in the camp of supporters of Senator Bukola Saraki’s aspiration for Senate President and those for Rep. Yakubu Dogara’s speakership ambition who were insisting on taking the battle to the floor of the Senate and the House of Representatives.
Supporters of Dogara, it was learnt, had petitioned President Muhammadu Buhari as the party leader to step into the matter.
Meanwhile, despite assertions that it would not be involved in the unfolding script, the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was last night also mobilising for a strategic alliance with the Saraki and Dogara tendencies in the APC.
A number of PDP governors, it was learnt, are arriving Abuja today ahead of tomorrow’s leadership contests.
The APC has 209 members-elect while the PDP has 140 with smaller parties producing the remaining.
Although The party appealed to all aggrieved members to sheathe their swords and allow peace to reign, in the overall interest of not just the party but the entire nation.
Both the Saraki and Dogara camps were, however, rebuffing the entreaties from the party last night as they were pushing to go to the floor to determine the leadership contest.
It was gathered that as part of the strategies to consolidate its grip on the block votes of the PDP in the House that the party could be offered a significant position in the House by the Dogara group.