BY SEGUN ADEBAYO, ABUJA – The national leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC), on Thursday declared that as a party, it would not take kindly to anyone or group causing unnecessary distraction for the administration through anti-democratic actions.
The ruling Party which stated this while reacting to a legal suit instituted by one Charles Enya, seeking an amendment to the constitutional to allow President Muhammadu Buhari run for a third term, said the APC is a progressive party that does not have space for anti-democratic forces and charlatans.
The Party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu said it is sending a strong signal to such other busybodies like Charles Enya, who may be contemplating testing the resolve of the Buhari-led government on its mission to work for the best for the country to be ready to face the law.
The APC spokesman said that the Party had initially chosen to ignore him, but it has become important to send a clear message to him and such other agents provocateurs.
Issa-Onilu said; “We would follow this new enemy of our country, who is most likely being sponsored by the desperate and misguided opposition, every step of the way, using all legal means to thwart his devilish efforts to create chaos in our country.
“We have tried to find out the status of this character claiming to be a member of our party. If he turns out to be our member, we would ensure the party organ that has the responsibility to act on this matter promptly commence the process of expelling him.”
Issa-Onilu explained that at the last National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the APC, President Buhari didn’t mince words and he is not the type that talks tongue-in-cheek.
According to him: “He (Buhari) pointedly said he would abide by the constitution and uphold the oath of office he took, swearing by the holy book he believes in. This he said was besides his advanced age which made such an idea beyond his contemplation.
“The NEC meeting highlights released to the media by the party equally quoted the President admonishing APC members, leaders and elected officials to reposition themselves in their respective constituencies so as to sustain the administration’s landmark legacies beyond 2023 when the President’s constitutionally permitted terms end.
“The president said history would not be fair to members if the APC collapses after his second term. What better proof is required of the President’s resolve to abide by the constitution on term limit?
“As a country, we are several years behind where we ought to be. The President Buhari-led administration is focused on the onerous responsibility of delivering good governance. We are focused on revamping our moribund infrastructure, growing the economy, fighting corruption, creating the right environment for our teeming youths to deploy their creative energies, and providing adequate security for all of our people,” Issa-Onilu said.