The sudden resignation of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, and National Secretary, Senator Iyiola Omisore, was spurred by the manner they handled the contentious audit report of the party’s account, The PUNCH has learnt.
This is as indications emerged that President Bola Tinubu and governors elected on the platform of the party have started shopping for a replacement for the departed officials.
Adamu and Omisore handed over their resignation letters on Sunday amid controversies about the reason for their actions.
Their resignation letters were officially confirmed at an emergency meeting held by the National Working Committee at the party headquarters in Abuja on Monday.
The announcement was made by Adamu’s successor, Senator Abubakar Kyari, who has taken over the mantle of leadership in acting capacity in line with the party’s constitution.
Omisore’s attempt to join the NWC meeting was thwarted as he was prevented from accessing the venue.
Aggrieved NWC members told our correspondent on Monday that the contention over the manner the two men handled the audit of the party’s account, refusal to render party account for one year, lack of transparency, violation of the party constitution and running a one-man show without the contribution of the National Working Committee, were responsible for their downfall.
Speaking on condition of anonymity, an NWC member stated, “The final straw that broke the camel’s back was the manner they (Adamu and Omisore) contracted the audit account to an external auditor without the consent of the NWC or NEC.
A party chieftain at the secretariat, who also craved anonymity, also gave a similar narration.
The NWC member stated that the process for rendering the party’s account should have been followed, including the use of the party’s internal audit department.
On why Omisore was humiliated and barred from joining the NWC meeting, the source said the former secretary no longer had any business in the secretariat.
Addressing journalists after the NWC parley, Kyari confirmed that Omisore has been officially replaced with the Deputy National Secretary of the party, Festus Fuanter.
Fuanter, who hails from Plateau State, officially assumed his new position as the acting national secretary on Monday.
Continuing, Kyari also used the opportunity to disclose that the proposed National Caucus and National Executive Committee meetings slated for July 18 and 19 have been shelved.
When quizzed on what led to their resignation, the acting chairman declined to give further information, saying the development would be disclosed at a future date.
Asked if the party would invite the anti-graft agencies to probe Adamu’s tenure, Kyari stated that it wasn’t an important option the party is considering at the moment.
SOURCE: PUNCH NEWSPAER