- APC spokesperson, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu said the party lost states including Oyo, Bauchi, Imo and others in the last election due to indiscipline
- Onilu also claimed that inability of the APC to ''become a truly blended progressive political party'' contributed to the loss
- The APC chieftain attacked ex-party chairman Odigie-Oyegun for lacking the courage to rescue the party from desperate political office holder
The All Progressive Congress (APC) has attributed indiscipline and porous leadership to the reason it lost states previously controlled by it to the opposition parties in the last general election.
The national spokesperson of the party, Malam Lanre Isaa-Onilu, made this known while speaking on his party's loss during the last polls and the recent rift within the party leadership, New Telegraph reports.
Legit.ng notes that in what came as a shocking manifestation of power shift, the ruling party lost states include Oyo, Bauchi, Imo, Adamawa and Zamfara to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) due to irreconcilable difference.
Onilu said lack of general discipline within the party ranks, coupled with the inability of the APC to ''become a truly blended progressive political party'' contributed to the loss.
He said: ''If Oyo, Imo, Bauchi, Adamawa, and Zamfara states where the APC lost were taken one by one, it will be discovered that there were peculiar issues in the respective states that accounted for how the APC lost them rather than the voters preferring the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
''I would put the painful outcomes broadly under two reasons. One is indiscipline on the part of some members of our party in most of the states.
''The second reason is that the party leadership did not do much between 2015 and 2018 to move the party from being an amalgam of different political parties to become a truly blended progressive political party.''
Reacting to the recent face-off between the APC national chairman Adams Oshimhole and his predecessor Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Issa-Onilu berated the former APC chairman for lacking the courage ''to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party's rules.''
He claimed that under Oyegun leadership of the ruling party from 2015 to 2018, APC was a tool in the hand of desperate politicians to attain political offices.
He added: ''Let me agree that the NWC that led the party into the 2015 elections and continued till June 2018 did nothing different from what you would find in PDP. It was a period the party was seen as a mere vehicle to attain political office.
''The system accommodated impunity as certain members appeared to be superior to the party. Their interests were far more important than the collective interests of the APC, even when most times such interests are at variance with the ideals the party stand for.
''You would recall that it was under that leadership that some impudent members of APC called the bluff of the party by imposing themselves on the National Assembly as leaders contrary to the position of the party. Where was the party? Where was the discipline when this happened?''
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Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the past National Working Committee (NWC) of the All Progressives Congress led by Chief John Odigie Oyegun had been accused by the party of lacking the courage required to confront the pockets of political despots who could not operate by its rules.
The national publicity secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, stated this in Abuja, following Oyegun’s criticism of the party’s leadership.
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