Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Yekini Nabena has said that great harm could befall the ruling party if President Muhammadu Buhari does not intervene in the dispute between National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole and his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and Deputy National Chairman (North), Sen. Lawali Shuaibu.
Describing the animosity between Oshiomhole and Oyegun as “unnecessary” and “a distraction”, he said it was “weakening the governing party”.
Nabena called on Buhari as leader of the party to urgently embark on a fence-mending mission between stakeholders across many states, especially where the party lost in the 2019 general election.
According to Nabena, “The losses the APC suffered during the 2019 General Elections in some states which we previously controlled is indeed worrisome. However, we are still the governing party which produced the President; control majority states and have an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly.
“Compared to the failed Peoples Democratic PDP, the APC remains the political party of choice for both Nigerians and politicians. I urge our aggrieved members to remain in the APC fold and settle their differences. In fact, in a few months, we expect a huge influx from members of the rudderless PDP and other political parties into the APC.
“Elections have been won and lost. High-level meetings such as National Caucus and the National Executive Committee NEC are there to address party matters. I call on our respected leaders, particularly the current and immediate-past National Chairmen to end their public hostilities, particularly in the media for the sake of the party and focus on the important task of forming government at the state and federal levels to deliver on our Next Level mandate. We need a united house to ensure the growth and strength of our party.
“In the immediate, I call on President Muhammadu Buhari as the leader of our party to lead fence-mending efforts and address obvious grievances in many states and among stakeholders in the party.”
The Herald recalls that the party recently charged its members who are not satisfied about how the party is being run to leave for the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) if they so wish.