A former chief executive of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has instructed the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all party members to be vigilant ahead of the national convention scheduled for March 26.
Lukman said whether APC will produce both party leaders and candidates for the 2023 elections who can justify the trust placed in them very much depends on how all the current leadership challenges the party faces. faces are resolved.
In a statement released to reporters Friday in Abua, Lukman said since Monday, March 7, 2022, when His Excellency Abubakar Sani Bello and the ten other members of the 13-member APC Caretaker and Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) announced their determination to ensure that the March 26 APC National Convention is held, there have been deliberate attempts to question the legitimacy of the decisions made by the APC.
“APC events require constant vigilance from all committed party members and leaders. There is no doubt that the days to come, leading up to the National Convention on March 26, 2022, will define both the survival, the democratic orientation and the quality of the leadership of the party.
“Beyond electing new leaders and preparing the ground for the 2023 elections, how the APC is navigating through attempts by some of its leaders, including Her Excellency Mai Mala Buni and her aides, to preventing the Convention from being held as scheduled or electing new leaders who support and respect for the decisions made by a broad section of party leaders and members will be the main test.
“Media reports are deliberately planted to suggest alleged confusion within the party. Some party leaders and members have declared their opposition to His Excellency Abubakar Sani Bello and the CECPC and are mobilizing Nigerians to recognize only His Excellency Mai Mala as the only person who should preside over the affairs of the party. While some may reveal their identity by declaring their opposition, some timid and less courageous leaders do so by using surrogates.
“From all information available, the APC CECPC led by His Excellency Abubakar Sani Bello has indeed already responded to this letter from INEC whereby they are able to affirm both the sanctity and the legality of March 17 and 26 APC NEC and National Convention respectively.
“Both INEC and by extension all Nigerians must be reminded that the Nigerian Constitution of 1999 and the Electoral Act recognizes the authority of all competent organs of the party to manage its affairs. This was confirmed by the Supreme Court judgment regarding the Ondo State elections, which further affirmed the authority of the APC CECPC to manage and direct the affairs of the party.
According to Lukman, three governors who are known and must also be called to account for their role in undermining the decisions to hold the APC National Convention are His Excellency Yahaya Bello of Kogi State, His Excellency Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and His Excellency Dapo Abiodun. of Ogun State.
“There are other party leaders including Sen Uzo Kalu who actively supported Her Excellency Mai Mala to undermine the decision to hold the National Convention of the party. On March 17, 2022, the CPA NEC is expected to initiate disciplinary hearing proceedings in accordance with the provisions of the CPA Constitution to sanction all of these leaders if found guilty.”
He also urged constant vigilance by all APC stakeholders, saying the days leading up to the March 26 national convention could spell the death knell for the party or give it an exhilarating breath of fresh air.
“The fact that Her Excellency Mai Mala consciously and deliberately led APC to the current embarrassment is most regrettable. One would have expected Her Excellency Mai Mala, her surrogate supporter associates and timid leaders to be more concerned about what should be done to resolve all the leadership challenges facing the APC,” a- he added.