A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Lukman, has listed the challenges facing the ruling party.
Lukman, the former National Vice Chairman, North West of the APC, identified the lack of internal democracy and disregard for zoning arrangements as challenges facing the ruling party.
The APC chieftain, in a statement titled “Agonising Experience of Being APC Member: Message to APC Leaders,” said the party is becoming a mere replica of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
He stated that disrespect for statutory organs and provisions of the party constitution instigated the crises in the PDP and its consequent defeat in the 2015 general elections.
Lukman, however, cautioned President Bola Tinubu to take more than a passing interest in the internal dispute in the APC.
The statement reads in part: “Eight years after, we are still on the starting line. APC is becoming increasingly a replica of PDP with all the negative attributes. We have spent eight years under former President Buhari motionless in developing the needed initiatives for party building. Are we also going to experience another era of zero initiative for party building under President Asiwaju Tinubu? Where is then the claim of being progressives? Where then is the justification or any link to being an Awoist?
“It is no doubt agonising and troubling that President Asiwaju Tinubu is starting his leadership tenure of APC by sending a powerful, disturbing signal that reforming the APC is not his priority. Because reforming the APC is not his priority, out of all the leadership materials available to the party, Dr Ganduje is his best candidate. Having achieved producing Dr. Ganduje as the National Chairman, whether party organs are functioning or not, it is not President Asiwaju Tinubu’s headache. It was also why, even if the emergence of Dr. Ganduje meant the marginalisation of the people from North Central in both the party and the Federal Government, it is not essential.
“Perhaps, we need to remind President Asiwaju Tinubu and all APC leaders about Frantz Fanon’s timeless warning that ‘Each generation must, out of relative obscurity, discover its mission, fulfil it, or betray it.’ President Asiwaju Tinubu and all APC leaders must be reminded about the APC’s founding mission of changing Nigerian politics, which is basically about internal reforms within our parties to facilitate the emergence of candidates for electoral contests through democratic means. President Asiwaju Tinubu and all APC leaders must not indulge themselves to imagine that simple defeat of PDP and producing former President Buhari and now President Asiwaju Tinubu as Presidents of the Federal Republic of Nigeria equates to the political change Nigerians are desirous of.”
Lukman said consolidating the old political paradigm that promotes a lack of accountability and imposition of leadership means betrayal of the founding mission of APC.
The APC chieftain said as a loyal party member, he would continue to campaign for the reform of APC and party politics generally in the country.
He added: “So long as APC will allow a situation that could be interpreted to mean consolidating the old political paradigm that promotes lack of accountability and imposition of leadership, it means betrayal of the founding mission of APC. We can deceive ourselves to imagine that we can continue to succeed in emerging victorious elections, and successful leaders surround themselves with sycophants who only tell them what they want to hear. It will not change the reality of betrayal, and it will not protect leaders.
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“As loyal party members, we will continue to campaign for the reform of APC and party politics generally in the country. Having access to leaders is an advantage. But it is never the sole determinant for a victory. For more than four decades we have been in this struggle. We will remain in the struggle for as long as we are alive. May Allah (SWT) guide President Asiwaju Tinubu and touch his heart to make him appreciate and commit himself to reforming the APC based on enlightened self-interest!”
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