A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Yekini Nabena, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari to intervene in the current war of words among leaders of the party and address glaring grievances in many states.
In a statement in Abuja, the nation’s capital, Nabena said the war of words among top leaders of the party, particularly National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole and his predecessor, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, was unnecessary.
He noted that the feud would distract the leadership and weaken the party’s foundation.
Nabena, who is APC Deputy National Publicity Secretary, expressed worry about the silence of President Muhammadu Buhari to developments in the party.
The party chieftain noted that as the party’s Leader, he should take the lead and call all feuding chieftains to order.
Some leaders of the APC, especially Odigie-Oyegun and the Deputy National Chairman, Senator Lawal Shuaibu, as well as the current leadership of the party, have been trading accusations and counter-accusations about the misfortunes that recently befell the part
The crisis began with the conduct of party’s congresses and got to its head during the primaries when there were dissensions on what mode to adopt in the selection of candidates for this year’s general elections.
The dissension led to the huge losses it suffered, especially the outright loss in Rivers and Zamfara states.
Nabena said: “The losses the APC suffered during the 2019 general elections in some states, which we previously controlled, were indeed worrisome. However, we are still the governing party which produced the President, controls majority states and has an overwhelming majority in the National Assembly.
“Compared to the failed Peoples Democratic (PDP), the APC remains the political party of choice among 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, especially 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.