- Governor Akeredolu has called for internal democracy in the All Progressive Congress (APC) at the forthcoming national convention
- The Ondo state number one citizen said APC must always strive to be a model party and that the convention is an opportunity to prove critics wrong
- He also sues for internal peace in the APC while reflecting on the recent leadership crisis that led to the emergence of Governor Sani Bello of Niger state as the acting chairman of APC
Akeredolu while reflecting on the recent internal crisis rocking the party’s leadership said proper coordination in a build-up to for Saturday, March 26 convention will project the party in good light, The Nation reports.
While receiving delegates of the party led by Senator Sani Musa in Akure, Akeredolu said the party can use the convention to redeem its image and prove critics wrong.
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“What we are faced with now, for me, is the soul of our party. My party, your party, our party. You have alluded to it that a number of people came together to form alliances to unseat a government that was in power for over sixteen years. We have the legacy parties and other people joined."
Akeredolu reiterated the need for the party to adopt a democratic approach in its dealings, attributing the success of the just-concluded Akure federal constituency by-election to a proper internal democratic policy in the party.
Meanwhile, Senator Musa who was accompanied by some delegates on a courtesy visit to Governor Akeredolu said he was seeking the support of the Ondo state governor in his bid for the chairmanship seat of the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Musa who likened his ideology to that of Akeredolu said he is intentional about bringing fairness and neutrality to the party, a move he believes will benefit the people of Nigeria and generations to come.
He said his intention is to formulate a democratic blueprint and master plan that will help the APC in following a democratic trend that will be sustainable for years to come. Also said research can be done and the outcomes can be adopted as strategies for the party.
Musa hailed Governor Akeredolu’s exploit in Ondo stating that his leadership structure and ideology is one everyone should emulate.
“This party needs a decisive leader. It is not by age or by figure or by physical look. It is by your antecedents and how strong you can be. The devolution of powers we are talking about, the party has done something. But still, nobody has the gut to implement it.”
2023: Any Party With Northern Candidate Will Lose, Governor Akeredolu Says
Meanwhile, Governor recently made his position known about any party fielding a northern candidate for the presidency.
The outspoken governor said that any party who fields a northern candidate will lose woefully at the forthcoming 2023 presidential poll.
The governor made the comment when he received members of a group, Power Rotation Movement, led by the chairman, Dr. Pogu Bitrus, who also doubles as the chairman, of Middle Belt Forum.
2023: PDP Warned Against Fielding a Northerner in Presidential Election
In a similar development, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has also been warned against fielding a northern candidate.
An advocacy group known as Reset Nigeria made this known in Abuja recently stating that it is not healthy for the existence of the party.
The group said the party risks mass exodus of members and extinction if it fails to field a presidential candidate from southern Nigeria in line with the idea of a rotational presidency between the north and the south.