Stop Pressing Self-Destruct Button – Buhari Cautions APC Members

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BY EDMOND ODOK, ABUJA – President Muhammadu Buhari says the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is on a mission of self-destruct if contending forces within the party do not restraint themselves from their ‘roforofo’ fight for supremacy.

He therefore cautioned members to withdraw all pending litigations against one another from the courts and settle for amicable resolution and reconciliation internally.

Not mincing words, the President said the crippling disagreements among aggrieved members could lead to self-destruction, with dire consequences, adding that the gains of the party could be reversed as conflicts overshadow the primary objective of service to the people.

According to him, quite worrisome is the shifting loyalty within the party and inconsistency in leadership that have opened the governing party to mockery and public ridicule.

President Buhari then charged party’s members to refocus on the larger picture and place more emphasis on uniting the party to tackle the challenges ahead rather than promoting selfish and factional interests.

“Fellow party members, this is a very crucial moment in the life of our party and it is with a deep sense of concern that I stand before you today to speak as the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria who has been elected on the platform of our great party – the All Progressives Congress.

“The issues currently confronting our party at this time are such that should worry every party member. At the moment, our great party is faced with internal wrangling; there are on-going litigations amongst some party members and we cannot clearly ascertain the status of certain National Working Committee (NWC) members”, he told the NEC members.

Further hitting the nail on the head, President Buhari noted that: “There are also other associated disputes as to the legitimacy or otherwise of holders of certain National Offices of the Party. The Party is also contending with Judicial claims and counter-claims, Orders and Counter-Orders and indeed Judgments and Counter-Judgments that are predominantly at cross-purposes.

“Confronted with these issues, it is obvious that the fortunes of the party are currently in jeopardy, administration of our party is becoming impossible and there is consequently an urgent need for intervention to immediately arrest further drifts and internal wrangling which may lead to total disintegration.”

Lamenting that: “What we see clearly emerging, is that we are beginning to self-destruct”, the President called for restrain by all, saying: “This, my dear party members, is not just regrettable, but utterly gut wrenching.’’

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Going forward, President Buhari told the emergency NEC:

“The meeting may adopt the developed resolution as contained in the agenda and pass resolutions including: approving the immediate discontinuation of all pending litigations involving the party and its members; ratifying the primary election conducted in Edo State; dissolving the current National Working Committee (NWC), and appointing Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for the party.’’

He also reiterated the need to discontinue all litigations involving members of the party, which were connected to issues of the party.

In what seems a veiled reference about the need to maintain party’s discipline henceforth, the President said; “The directive had been issued before, unfortunately some members failed to heed the directive. Thus, at this time, it must be made a Resolution of the Party, which must be effectively enforced with dire consequences for members who choose to ignore the directive.’’

For the President, in order to return to “winning ways’’, the APC must maintain cohesion by closing its ranks, adding; “We must be alive to the time and the task that is before us. As we all know, we are immediately confronted with the upcoming gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo States.

“Therefore, this is the time to get our acts together.’’

The emergency NEC meeting adopted all the recommendations by President Buhari and appointed the Governor of Yobe, Mallam Mai Mala Buni, as Chairman, National Caretaker/Convention Committee while Senator John Akpanudoede was appointed Caretaker National Secretary.

Members of the Committee are Governor of Osun State, Adegboyega Oyetola and his Niger State counterpart, Abubakar Bello.

Governor Buni, the former National Secretary of the APC, was sworn-in by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), and Minister of Justice, Abubakar Malami. – With NAN reports

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