Connect with us

Politics

Tinubu reveals cause of APC crisis, sends message to Oshiomhole, NWC members

Published

 

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Bola Ahmed Tinubu has weighed in on the recent crisis that rocked the party, exposing several issues that led to the problem.

Tinubu disclosed that problems had been lingering in the party for months, especially among its leadership. He criticized the now-dissolved national working committee, NWC of the party adding that order, party discipline, and mutual respect had disappeared.

Below is a statement signed by his media aide, Tunde Rahman, sent to POLITICS NIGERIA on Saturday evening;

“I wish to begin my remarks by commending members of the National Working Committee. Under their collective stewardship, the party earned great and important victories, not least the vital second mandate handed to President Buhari. President Buhari’s victory and the overall electoral success of APC speak highly of them. Our task as a party is to build upon the progress thus made so that both nation and party may advance to their better future.”

“Yet, we must acknowledge that something important has gone off track. For some months we have experienced growing disagreement within the leadership of the party. This unfortunate competition had grown so intense as to impair the performance of the NWC, thus undermining the internal cohesion and discipline vital to success.”

“Some people have gone so far as to predict the total disintegration of our party. Most such dire predictions were from critics whose forecasts said more about their ill will than they revealed about our party’s objective condition. Predictions of the APC’s imminent demise are premature and mostly mean-spirited. However, an honest person must admit the party had entered a space where it had no good reason to be.”

“The trouble is not that we would forfeit our collective existence but whether we were in danger of losing our collective purpose. In some ways, this possibility is of greater concern. A political party that has lost sight of the reason for its existence becomes but the vehicle of blind and clashing ambitions. This is not what drove the APC’s creation.”

“Those who believe Nigeria can be forged into a better nation and deserves good governance must harken back to the establishment of our party. Those who were there and contributed the most to the party’s genesis embraced a common vision. Not only did we believe the venal, purblind PDP was leading the nation into a pit, we sincerely held a common vision of progressive good governance. This was the overriding reason for the APC.”

“Those most intimately involved in founding the party remain faithful to this benign, timely assignment. Sadly, many members have lost their balance. Their personal ambition apparently came to greatly outweigh the obvious national imperatives.”

“Even in the best of times, Nigeria is beset by myriad challenges. Poverty and economic inequality, insecurity, lack of infrastructure are longstanding obstacles that have blocked our access to national greatness for too long.”

“Through no fault of our own, we now live in a moment of heightened difficulty. We did not ask for COVID-19 but it has found us. We must deal with it and navigate its rude economic consequences. At the same time, we must grapple with the violent insecurity caused by increasingly desperate terrorists and criminals. People need concrete help from us. We must focus on building roads and creating jobs. For the average man, watching politicians wrestle for the position is a poor substitute for seeing politicians working for the benefit of all.”

“Yet, such intramural fighting has come to occupy the attention of many high ranking party officials and members.”

“The National Working Committee, itself, became riven by unnecessary conflict. Those who disagreed with one another stopped trying to find common ground. Attempts were made to use the power of executive authority to bury each other. I must be blunt here. This is the behavior of a fight club not the culture of a progressive political party.”

“Some members went against their chairman in a bid to forcefully oust him. In hindsight, his fence-mending attempts were perhaps too little too late. I believed and continue to believe that Comrade Oshiomhole tried his best. Mistakes were made and he must own them. Yet, we must remember also that he was an able and enthusiastic campaigner during the 2019 election. He is a man of considerable ability as are the rest of you who constituted the NWC.”

“It had been my hope that the disagreements could be resolved. After all, a political solution should not be beyond the ken of leaders of a major political party. But such resolution has failed to materialise. It was as if some unseen but strong force continued to stoke the embers. Instead of calling a prudent ceasefire, too many people sought more destructive weapons against one another.”

“Order, party discipline, and mutual respect went out of the window. Members instituted all manner of court cases, most of them destructive, some of them frivolous, none of them necessary. In the process, a dense fog fell upon our party.”

“When this matter first came to a boil a few months ago, I issued a statement against this litigious tendency. President Buhari and former interim chairman Akande published strong words against this misuse of the courts as being contrary to the spirit of the party and the letter of its constitution. Each of us knew nothing good would come of such conduct. Instead of listening to this counsel, party members increased their trips to the courts. While busy providing ample livelihood for a gaggle of lawyers, these actions cast the good of the party to the wind.”

“After the fusillade of lawsuits and countersuits, two NWC members laid competing claims to the chairmanship. One legitimately elected at our national convention; the latter whose claim was based on the questionable suspension of the former.”

“With lawsuits so numerous one needed a spreadsheet to keep track, President Buhari has reasonably decided that he has seen enough. I do not lament his intervention or its outcome. I lament that the situation degenerated to the point where he felt compelled to intervene.”

He called on NWC members to sheath their swords and come together in order to win the upcoming Edo and Ondo state elections. He also stated that former members of the dissolved NWC can also recontest.

“In this vein, I appeal to all former members of the National Working Committee and all members of our party to sheathe their swords and look to the larger picture.”

“We have governorship elections around the corner in Edo and a primary and elections in Ondo. On these important events, we must concentrate our immediate energies. In the longer run, we must restore the collegial nature to the party so that it should be in the practice of coming to support the President instead of him having to rescue the party from itself.”

“In Edo, we must rally round our candidate Pastor Osagie Ize Iyamu. In this, Comrade Oshiomhole has a crucial role to play. I congratulate him for his equanimity and loyalty to the party and our President in accepting the dissolution of the NWC. I encourage him, now, to return to Edo State to energize the campaign for the election of Pastor Ize-Iyamu.”

“In addition to the daily operation of the party, the Caretaker Committee has the mandate to prepare for a mini national convention within six months. We must give the committee the support needed to fulfill this assignment in an impartial manner.”

“As I understand it, no one has been precluded from seeking any party office to which he is otherwise eligible. Former NWC members are free to seek re-election to the NWC. Provided they have the support of party members, they will have an opportunity to return to serve the party in a leadership capacity. This reflects our overriding desire to restore and maintain internal democracy not subvert it” the statement read in part.

 

MORE READING!  JUST IN: COVID-19 hits 31,323 cases in Nigeria

Politics

Ondo poll: You can’t dictate mode of primary, APC tells aspirants

Published

on

The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ondo State says no governorship aspirant can dictate the mode of primary to be used for the party’s July 20 governorship primary in the state.

The party said this in a statement by Mr. Alex Kalejaiye, the state’s Publicity Secretary,  on Sunday in Akure.

The statement said in part: ” The attention of the state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has been drawn to an aggressive agitation for a mode of primary ahead of the governorship election in October this year.

“We wish to place it on record that it is inconceivable that aspirants would dictate to the party on which mode to adopt.

“The chapter is duty-bound to underscore a salient point; that it is the prerogative of the national secretariat to decide which of the modes, pelt out in the party constitution should be adopted for each state at any point in time.

“For the sake of emphasis, the party’s constitution approves three modes of primaries to select its candidates for an election: direct, indirect, and consensus.

” Any of these could be chosen at random, depending on the discretion of the supervising authority.

” The supervising authority in this regard is Gov. Mai- Mala Bunni-led Caretaker Committee, and saddled with the responsibility to decide the option for Ondo State 2020.”

Kalejaiye added that the state was disturbed by the inflammatory statements credited to some of the governorship aspirants,  “especially those laden with threats to ensure that the state chapter is brought down where their wish is not granted.”

MORE READING!  JUST IN: Buhari appoints Umar EFCC acting Chairman

According to him, a committed party member would not embark on actions or utterances that would cast aspersions on its leadership at all levels.

“He would rather prefer to work assiduously towards the victory of his party at any election.

“It is imperative for aspirants, like students preparing for the examination, to abide by the rules and guidelines from the national secretariat, so long these rules are not at variance with the contents of the party constitution.

“The efforts to set a terrible precedent for the party by allowing aspirants to dictate what mode to adopt for an election should be invested in quality and decent campaigns to sell their candidacy to party elders, leaders, and members.

“These groups will definitely speak, directly or through the party structures,” he stated.

The spokesman noted that the state secretariat’s concern was to promote all genuine efforts geared  toward a rancour-free primary election and produce a candidate who would retain the state for the party on Oct. 10.

Continue Reading

Politics

Sack Buratai now, Bamgbose tells Buhari

Published

on

Olusegun Bamgbose, Esq., National Coordinator, Concerned Advocates for Good Governance, CAGG, has called for the immediate sack of Army Chief of Staff, Lt. Gen. Tukur Buratai.

According to him, no manner of excuses and arguments will suffice or be acceptable any longer, adding that the insecurity of the nation is worrisome.

In a statement he made available to newsmen on Sunday, the senior lawyer noted that there is every indication that

“the time is very ripe for President Buhari, the Commander-in-Chief of the Armed Forces and the Executive President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, to retire Buratai. No manner of excuses and arguments will suffice or be acceptable any longer.”

He said there seems to be no respite at sight, noting that soldiers are being killed, while civilians are losing their lives on daily basis, as a result of the activities of bandits, Boko Haram, and other forms of criminalities.

MORE READING!  NAPTIP vows to go after traffickers of Arowolo

Bamgbose said that even though the army had denied the news that 386 soldiers tendered their resignation to Buratai, citing loss of interest, as their reason of disengagement, “this may not be far from the truth.”

“Ordinarily, one would have expected the Chief of Army Staff to honorably resign, but if he fails to resign, the Commander-In-Chief of Armed Forces and the Executive President of Nigeria, in the person of Muhammadu Buhari, should as a matter of urgency, do Nigerians a favor by removing him as soon as possible.

“He is no doubt overwhelmed and exhausted, he has to go. Just last month, Katsina and Borno States were under heavy attacks by Boko Haram and bandits. 81 killed in Borno State, 40 killed in Katsina State.

MORE READING!  Banky W speaks against child marriage in Nigeria, followers reacts

“Houses were burnt, dozens of women raped. No arrests were made. More than 200 bandits operated more than hour and they left without counter attack. This is unbelievable.

“No intelligence gathering whatsoever to nip in bud the attack. This is a sad development. Only yesterday, unidentified gunmen killed at least 20 villagers in Kauru Local Government in Kaduna State.

“These killings are no longer acceptable. I’m sincerely and seriously concerned about loss of lives. Most of these people voted for Buhari to protect them from Bandits and Boko Haram but it’s quite unfortunate, they are gone for ever.

“I believe it’s time for Buhari to remove Buratai as Chief of Army of Staff before Nigeria is consumed. The President should know as a matter of fact, that Nigerians voted for him, not Buratai.

MORE READING!  Evacuation: 247 Nigerians stranded in Malaysia, Thailand arrive in Nigeria

I believe it’s time for Buhari to choose between Nigerians, who voted for him, and Buratai whom he appointed as Chief of Army Staff of Nigeria.

“Buhari should show him the way out or Nigerians will have cause to think and believe that, Buratai is higher than him or that he as President is scared of removing him.

“The time to act is now. No better time than now to show Nigerians, that he is truly in control of the affairs of this nation. It’s as serious as that. If truly Buhari loves Nigeria and Nigerians, Buratai has to be removed.

“The Government has given him enough time to showcase his military prowess but very unfortunately, he has failed woefully to deliver. I believe it’s time for him to be excused.”

Continue Reading

Politics

Group wants 2023 presidency zoned to South East  

Published

on

 A pro-democracy group, All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidency Project 2023 on Sunday said that the 2023 presidency should be ceded to the South East in the interest of equity and fairness.

 

A statement issued in Abuja by Dr. Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu, the Convener and National Coordinator of southeast APC Presidency Project 2023, said that the time was ripe for the zone to produce the president for the country

 

“Whatever or whoever will cause the South-East not to produce the President of Nigeria in 2023 is an enemy of Nigeria.

 

“President of Nigeria from South-East extraction from May 29, 2023, would be the only guarantee of equity, justice, peace, unity, continued existence, and proper progress and development of Nigeria.

 

“Presidency of Nigeria wouldn’t be a favor to the South-East; it is now the only hope of Nigeria’s survival.

MORE READING!  Boko Haram, international NGOs and the threat to Nigeria’s security

 

“It would be a noble sacrifice on the part of the South-East of Nigeria.

 

“We want APC to be the party platform on which a South-Easterner will become president of Nigeria.

 

“This is simply because we are currently APC members and in the reasonable expectation that APC will offer its 2023 presidential ticket to a South-Easterner,’’ Jideofor-Ogbuagu said.

 

According to him, members of South East APC Presidency Project have insisted that for equity sake, the presidency should be zoned to the South East after President Muhammadu Buhari must have completed his second term in office.

 

He added that other geopolitical zones in the country should extend hands of cooperation to the zone by supporting a Nigerian president of South East extraction.

MORE READING!  Sack Buratai now, Bamgbose tells Buhari

 

He emphasised that the South East had contributed immensely to the growth of the nation and the APC as a party.

 

“We as South Easterners are in all the 774 local government areas across the country, contributing our quota through legitimate services for the good of our fatherland.

 

“As committed citizens with the same rights and privileges like other Nigerians, it is only fit and proper that the Presidency should shift to the South East having been tasted by the South West in Olusegun Obasanjo and South South in Goodluck Jonathan.

 

“APC as the biggest political party in Africa should as a matter of equity zone the 2023 presidency to the SouthEast.

MORE READING!  Evacuation: 247 Nigerians stranded in Malaysia, Thailand arrive in Nigeria

 

“We are mobilizing over 40 million South Easterners, friends, and fellow Nigerians to queue behind this project,” Jideofor-Ogbuagu said.

 

Meanwhile, an 18-member National Executive Committee (NEC), and a 92-member National Working Committee (NWC), have been constituted for the South-East APC Presidency Project 2023.

 

Members of the committees cut across all states of Nigeria and Abuja.

 

Some are Dr. Chinedu Jideofo-Ogbuagu; National Coordinator, Chief Amaechi Nnolim; Deputy National Coordinator,  Chief Chooks Oko; Secretary, and Mr. Onyekachi Ibekwe, Assistant Secretary.

 

Some others are Mr. Eze Adiuku, Publicity and Press Officer, Mr. Chidi Ozoemena, Public Relations Officer, Dr. Emeka Ukaegbu, Contact and Protocol Officer, and Mr. Uzowuike Emeka, Mobilization Officer.

Continue Reading




Trending