- Rochas Okorocha has hinted on moves the APC must make to survive beyond 2023
- Okorocha said that the ruling party must deal with internal crises and blame game
- The former governor also said that the party needs better organisation and sincerity on the part of its leadership
Senator Rochas Okorocha has said that the All Progressives Congress (APC) must take certain important steps to remain relevant after President Muhammadu Buhari's second regime in 2023.
Okorocha said that in 2015, he and other influential members of the ruling party worked hard to wrest power from the grip of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The former governor of Imo said that much more than the president's plea for the continuity of the APC should be done so that the party can survive after the president leaves the office.
First, Okorocha called on the party to look into its internal crisis. He said that internal grievances that stem from blame game must be urgently addressed.
He said: “No party ever survives with crisis and on daily basis, you hear about crisis in APC and anytime a football team is not doing well, you don’t blame the players, you blame the coach and if he needs to be fired, you fire him."
Also, the senator said that the party needs to be better organised with all the organs functioning as they ought to. He remarked that if this is not done, the whole idea behind establishing the APC will come to nothing.
He pointed out that the appeal by the president is good but that more needs to be done to reorganise the APC and that "any party that does not respect its organs is bound to fail."
Third, Okorocha stated that the leadership of the party should show sincerity to members by facing crucial issues squarely without taking sides.
He said: "...we need to call a spade a spade and do things correctly and the party will pick up and everybody will be happy for it..."
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a chieftain of the APC, Lanre Razak, had expressed the hope that national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Razak, a former Lagos state commissioner for transport and a member of the APC Governors’ Advisory Council (GAC), told The Nation newspaper in an interview that Tinubu is the best person for the job.
He said he and other Tinubu loyalists have urged the APC leader to run for the presidency of Nigeria in 2023 whether he likes it or not.
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