APC members divided over call for Kyari, Daura’s sack
By Idowu Isamotu, Abuja
Opinion is sharply divided among members of the ruling All Progressives Congress over the call on President Muhammadu Buhari to sack his Chief of Staff, Abba Kyari and his uncle, Mamman Daura from the Presidency.
While some protesters in Kaduna and Abuja on Monday demanded the duo’s immediate sack, some members of the party also stormed the National Secretariat of the party on Tuesday to call on the party’s leadership and President to retain both Kyari and Daura.
The youths, who protested against Kyari had said, they were protesting state of insecurity in Northern Nigeria and blamed the president’s inability to adequately tackle the insecurity on Kyari and Daura whom they referred to as Presidency Cabal.
They alleged that, the cabal was also responsible for what they described as low performance of President Muhammadu Buhari in his first four years in office.
The youths displayed banners and placards with inscription such as; ‘we need security in Northern Nigeria’, ‘Abba Kyari must go’ and ‘Mamman Daura must go’ among others.
However, the pro-Kyari group, under the aegis of Muhammadu Buhari Osinbajo Dynamic Support Group (MBO-DSG), who took their protest to the secretariat faulted their argument, insisting there is no any cabal in Aso Rock.
The APC members, led by the National coordinator of the group, Usman Ibrahim while briefing journalists restated President’s rights to exclusivity on appointments of his personal Aides, Advisers and Ministers.
According to them “President Muhammadu Buhari rode on the public trust in 2015 to emerge as the President and Commader-in-Chief of the Armed forces and has never deviated from his commitment and covenant to the Nigerian project.
“The cabal ideology was introduced into the Nigerian political lexicon from the time immemorial and every administration that existed before now have been accused to be under the influence of a perceived cabals; this we viewed as a familiar song and we felt if our brothers are genuine in their agitations, they would have made their points and register their grouse sinking into error of language.”
The group was later addressed by National Auditor of the party, George Moughalu on behalf of National Chairman and assured them of proper communication of their message to members of National Working Committee.
Meanwhile, the Allied Congress Party of Nigeria (ACPN) has said that political jobbers within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were the sponsors of protest against tbe Chief of Staff to the President, Abba Kyari.
National Chairman of ACPN, Alhaji Ganiyu O. Galadima, who condemned the protest in a statement issued in Abuja, said the people that were calling for the head of the Chief of Staff to the President are Nigerians who do not mean well for the President and the country.
“I have observed with keen interest the sustained campaign against the Chief of Staff to the President, Alhaji Abba Kyari. This was followed with a protest on Monday, 24th of June in Abuja. I then wondered what the sponsors of the campaign wanted to achieve by getting Abba Kyari out of the Villa.
“From my observations, any campaign against the Chief of Staff to the President, is a campaign against the President who appointed him and also found the services he was rendering to him useful and impacting positively on the Nation.
“The chemistry of the Chief of Staff to the President also aligned with the President which allowed for a good working relationship, trust and mutual respect between the President and his bossom friend.
“The quality of advice, commitment, selflessness and patriotism of Alh Abba Kyari are some of the qualities that endeared him to the President besides loyalty and friendship.
“The people that are calling for the head of the Chief of Staff to the President are Nigerians who does not mean well for the President. The motive behind the campaign of calumny is to strip the President of the protection, loyalty and genuine service of Abba Kyari and become vulnerable to the antics of some unpatriotic Nigerians who does not wish the President well in governance.
“It is the responsibility of the President to appoint his personal Staffs, the Chief of Staff inclusive. I implored political jobbers and Hawks in the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressive Congress (APC) to let Abba Kyari be as we appreciate his sacrifices to the nation,” Galadima stated.