Leaders of Nigeria’s governing party, the All Progressives Congress, APC have been called on to take a cue from the neutrality of President Muhammadu Buhari in dealing with the party’s leadership crisis.
In a press statement, the Director-General of the Progressives Governors Forum, PGF, Mr. Salihu Lukman who made the call said Nigeria’s President did not take any side in his recommendations on how to settle the crisis.
“The fact is, the President was able to discharge his responsibility as the moral authority of the party because he freed himself from all the leaders who were the problem. It is only because of that he was able to see the true picture and accordingly make recommendations that can solve the problem. These were recommendations that didn’t defeat anyone but favour everyone, which confirms the President’s status as ‘belonging to everybody and belonging to no one’. This is one attribute that can be said to be unique to this President. Somehow, this is one attribute that all APC leaders must seek to imbibe especially those positioning themselves as potential 2023 successors. If the APC leadership crisis is anything to go by, it highlights the danger of the shortage of leaders with this unique attribute. Therefore, part of the challenge before every APC leader is to develop this attribute” he said.
Mr. Lukman added that the newly constituted Caretaker/National Convention Committee should sanction any member of the dissolved National Working Committee threatening legal action.
“Given that a section of the dissolved National Working Committee (NWC) are threatening legal actions against the decision of the NEC, what does this mean? It simply means that a section of the dissolved NWC are working against the party. Perhaps the Convention Working Committee should consider invoking provisions of Article 21: Discipline of Party Members of the APC constitution by taking advantage of the now discovered micro powers of ward leaders. Based on that those members of the dissolved NWC who attempt to institute legal actions against the decisions of NEC should be appropriately sanctioned.