Concerned stakeholders of the All Progressive Congress (APC) have called for the immediate resignation of the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC).
The group led by Mr Ayo Oyalowo at a press conference in Abuja, said that the Buni led caretaker committee has failed woefully to manage the affairs of the party.
The group claimed that the caretaker vommittee has created even more problems for the party since it was out in place with the support of President Muhammadu Buhati last year.
The group particularly blamed the Buni led committee for the loss by the APC of the Anambra governorship poll to the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA).
The group argued: “The Caretaker Committee has conducted what is arguably the worst ward, local government and state congresses since the formation of the party in 2013. These congresses, rather than putting the party on strong footings has created further divisions and disenchantment among its members.
“Only days ago, stakeholders of the party from Bauchi State protested at the party’s headquarter as a result of the fallout of the congresses. In the same vein, the attempt by the leadership of the party to reconcile stakeholders from Oyo State hit a brick wall right inside the party headquarters.
“Similar circumstances are also being witnessed in Osun and some other states simply because the processes were built on very shaky foundations and the outcome designed to favor certain selected individuals in the party.
“Another crystal clear evidence of the failure of the Caretaker Committee is the outcome of the Anambra gubernatorial election. While it is sad that the APC came a dismal third in an election it had every chance of winning, it would have been a magic if the party had performed better than it did, especially considering that the candidate of the party, Senator Andy Uba emerged through a process that was completely strange to the ideals of the APC.
” Little wonder that almost all the aspirants of the party in the primary election turned the other way after they had been denied the right to exercise their rights as full fledged members in a free and fair contest. To make matters worse, the Caretaker Committee, rather than managed the fallout of that unfortunate primary elections, busied itself pursing opposition party members to join the APC.
“But even with almost all the opposition party members emptying into the APC, the party still had the worse outing in the election. Indeed, only politicians living in the yesteryears still believe that the influx of opposition party members to a party is all that was needed to win elections.
“There is no gain saying the glaring reality that lies ahead if the Buni-led Caretaker Committee is allowed to hold forth at this time the APC needs to close ranks, heal and return to the order that endeared it to Nigerians. Incidentally, the Abdullahi Adamu-led National Reconciliation Committee that is meant to help achieve some of these tasks is yet to fully kick off.
” Apart from the fact that the committee is still struggling to find its feet in spite of the huge task ahead and the limited time at its disposal, it is left to be seen how much this piecemeal approach the Buni led committee has adopted, just to be seen as doing the needful, will help to get us out of the woods. What is certain however is that we shall not sit and watch a party we have contributed so much in building go down the drain as a result of the selfish actions of a few. ”
Calling for the immediate dissolution of the Buni led committee to be replaced by a newly constituted committee to be tasked with the immediate conduct of the National Convention of the party, the group further called on all concerned members of the party across the country to join hands and ensure the election of a National Working Committee that will truly represent the interest and aspirations of genuine APC members.
The group noted: “The party is in urgent need of an inclusive NWC that will look holistically at the issues bedeviling the party and resolve them once and for all.
We also use this medium to call on all party members who have aspirations for any position in the forthcoming national convention to come out and declare their interests without the fear of being denied the right to contest at the convention.
“We are more than determined to ensure that the upcoming convention would be an elective one, and that no set of people, no matter how powerful or highly placed, would impose leadership on the party in the name of consensus.”
The group threw its weight behind the direct primary option of electing candidates for political parties adding the measure remains a victory for internal party democracy since it will return the party to the ordinary members who have toiled day and night for the success of the party and not a few privileged and selfish individuals.
The group lauded President Muhammadu Buhari; Vice President Yemi Osinbajo; Senate President Ahmad Lawan; Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila and the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu for their various and collective roles towards strengthening the APC as a party that’ll continue to deliver progressive governance for Nigeria.