The ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) fought hard to get where it is today. However, it is dogged by a number of problems it would have to solve if it will continue to rule beyond the current government. The following list of problems, while not exhaustive, will be among the key ones to solve if the APC is to triumph yet again.
1. Internal Wrangling In States:
There are intra-party conflicts in Kano, Kaduna, Plateau, Kogi, Bauchi, Yobe and Kebbi states among others, a development which has already elicited skepticism among many people, on whether the APC is actually a party to drive Nigeria’s quest for global relevance and socio-infrastructural developments beyond names and old glory of being the giant of Africa.
2. Creation of new ‘mega-party’ by aggrieved members:
While the APC is naturally expected to be concerned about the reported plan by the aggrieved members to join forces to float a new mega party, the Presidency is actually the one that is most alarmed especially as the 2019 elections seem to be the ultimate agenda of the intended coalition and a threat to the expected second term ambition of President Muhammadu Buhari.
3. Resurgence of legacy parties:
The continuous loyalty to the chieftains of the defunct trio of the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressives Change (CPC) that merged to form the APC is part of the effects of the crisis rocking the states controlled by the APC. This challenge is mostly pronounced in the North, and especially among the ANPP and CPC.
4. The Board of Trustees (BoT) controversy
5. Allegations of corruption against party bigwigs