This may be a result of the rumored ongoing silent conflict between President Bola Tinubu and APC National Chairman Abdullahi Adamu.
Adamu appears to be unconcerned about the opposition Akpabio is facing from other party aspirants who have refused to step down in order for party supremacy to prevail.
This platform learned that the President and Adamu have not held any one-on-one meetings since the President's inauguration, and there are rumors that this cold war between the two titans may hinder Akpabio's rise.
According to The Whistler, it was this alleged cold war between the two that prompted Adamu's reluctance to convene and enforce party discipline in which all candidates opposing the president's choice resigned.
Also, it was learned that Akpabio attempted to meet with Adamu over the weekend in an effort to gain his support by devising means for opposing candidates to withdraw, but his efforts were unsuccessful.
There is speculation within the APC that Adamu is less concerned about the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives because neither candidate is his preferred candidate.
Recall that Salihu Moh. Lukman, the North West Zonal Chairman of the APC, had previously accused Adamu of working against the party's zoning arrangement.
Despite the zoning arrangement for the principal offices of the 10th Assembly, which Adamu was obligated to support, "he is acting as a faction leader in opposition to the decision of the party's National Working Committee (NWC)."
Lukman had said “Instead of working for the success of the decision of the NWC through activating meetings of higher organs of the party to confer more legitimacy to the decision of the NWC, he seems to be more interested in ensuring that the 2015 model of rebellious leadership emerges in the 10th National Assembly.”
To make matters worse, sources within the party have disclosed that members of the NWC are also engaged in lobbying for ministerial appointments, so they are less concerned about who emerges in what capacity.
On Sunday, it was learned that there were concerted efforts to eliminate Akpabio's strongest opponent, the former governor of Zamfara State, Abdul-Aziz Yari, by recruiting his strongest ally, Orji Uzor Kalu, the current Senate Chief Whip.
A member of the Murkta Betara camp, who claimed to have joined the APC during its formative years, told The Whistler, "The National Working Committee of the APC is unconcerned because those announced as the party's choices were chosen by the president," adding that "the party could have shown more interest in the matter if it had a say in the matter."
However, a member of the Akpabio camp stated that efforts are still ongoing to ensure that the party's National Chairman views the initiative as his and the party's rather than the president's.