- Months after the dissolution of the APC National Working Committee, it appears the crisis in the party continues to linger
- The DG of PGF, Salihu Lukman, has alleged that key members of the ruling party want to hijack the APC
- Lukman claims that APC leaders insist on installing their stooges to run the party
Dr. Salihu Mohammed Lukman, the director-general of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), has cried out over an alleged plot by a section of the All Progressive Congress (APC) leaders to hijack the party structure ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The PGF chairman in a statement alleged that some key leaders of the APC insist on manipulating the process of installing their stooges to run the ruling party with rented delegates, The Guardian reports.
Lukman went on to note that this move is the reason internal democracy has eluded virtually all Nigerian political parties.
“In which case, the new leadership of the party to emerge out of such a process can only be surrogate leaders whose mission may simply be to ‘crown’ candidates for future elections.”
He called for the immediate convocation of the APC National Executive Committee (NEC) to ratify the nationwide membership registration exercise of the party.
Lukman argued that the consideration of the membership registration by NEC would bring succour to the brewing crisis among the ranks of the party.
This development is coming after Lukman warned leaders of the APC against complacency, saying the party should be testing political proposals meant to deepen democracy.
The APC chieftain said the governing party needs to take every necessary step to open up structures and invite patriotic Nigerians to join it.
In a statement released on Sunday, November 8, Lukman said APC is far ahead of its political peers in terms of being a liberal party with strong internal contestation.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that a forum of state chairmen of the APC in the northwest declared support for Governor Mai Mala Buni-led national caretaker committee in its quest to carry on with the planned membership registration nationwide.
The state chairmen comprising that of Sokoto, Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina, Jigawa, Kano, and Kaduna states made their stance known via a statement on Thursday, November 12.
Some party members had argued that the mandate of the current committee does not cover membership registration, with some even threatening to head to the courts if the Buni-led leadership goes ahead with the plan.
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