- An APC chieftain in Niger state, Jonathan Vatsa, said his party should blame itself for what happened in Bayelsa state
- Vatsa said the APC has explanations to make on how it screened the Bayelsa deputy governor-elect whose certificate issue led to the nullification of the party's votes
- The APC chieftain added that the party will not survive beyond 2023 if it does not address the crisis facing it across the country
Jonathan Vatsa, a chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC) in Niger state, says the party should blame itself what the what happened in Bayelsa state.
APC's Bayelsa governor-elect, David Lyon, was sacked by the Supreme Court because his deputy governor-elect submitted false information the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
The candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Douye Diri, was eventually declared the winner of the election, The Sun reports.
Following the development, the national chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole said his party will seek for a review of the verdict.
Oshiomhole also faulted the decision of INEC to declare Diri as the governor, saying he did not meet the requirement stipulated by the apex court and the country's electoral laws.
However, Vatsa defended INEC and the Supreme Court, saying that the APC should blame itself what happened.
“The APC is the architect of its present predicaments if the truth must be told and the consequences must be dammed. You can only reap what you planted,” said Vatsa.
The APC chieftain said Oshiomhole and other party leaders have explanations to offer regarding how the deputy-governor elected passed through the party's screening and got cleared.
Vatsa noted that APC is embroiled in crisis in almost every part of the country, lamenting that the party may not survive after President Muhammadu Buhari.
“Honestly, I am not a prophet, but I see President Buhari going with his party in 2023. What is happening today in our government is far from the change that we promised Nigerians," he said.
Similarly, Festus Keyamo, the minister of state for labour and employment, has blamed the APC for losing some states to the opposition.
The minister of state on Thursday, February 14, when reacting to the Supreme Court judgment on the Bayelsa election, commended the apex court for being firm and resolute.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that the APC chairman said his party affirmed the supremacy of the apex court's judgement on the Bayelsa election but insisted Diri did not meet the requirement the court stated.
In the light of the development, the APC asked the electoral body to conduct a fresh governorship election in the state.
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