Crisis Meeting After Week of Drama for Nigeria's Ruling Party

It began with the ruling All Progressives Congress seeing the resignation of Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki after he was unable to secure an automatic ticket from the party to stand for re-election. This was followed by suspended party chairperson Adams Oshiomhole, who has been at loggerheads with Obaseki, having his suspension upheld by the courts. The national working committee then chose former Oyo State governor, Abiola Ajimobi as interim national chairperson but now he is said to have COVID-19. This provided an opportunity for the party's Deputy National Secretary Victor Gaidom to declare himself as acting national chairman of the party, with a high court decision allowing him to stay on. Whether it will only be until Ajimobi returns, remains to be seen. Obaseki meanwhile has been in talks with the official opposition Peoples Democratic Party but denies that he is joining the party. Even though it was said that he would not have an automatic ticket, the PDP seems to be making concessions for him to stand for election on their platform. It will be interesting to see what the future has in store for Nigerian politics.

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