Posted by News Express | 31 May 2018 | 1,236 times
As a follow up to the just concluded State congresses of the All Progressives Congress (APC) for the forthcoming elections in the country, a presidential aspirant under the platform of the party, Dr. SKC Ogbonnia while appreciating the calibre of delegates produced at the congresses has advised them to ensure that true internal party democracy becomes part of the processes leading to the 2019 general elections.
He commended President Muhammadu Buhari for the continuing pledge not to meddle with the affairs of the party although “his actions ought to speak louder than the words.”
“I am concerned that, by design or default, Mr. Buhari has continued to allow some of his government appointees and party leaders to double as his campaign officials, especially at a time where the President has primary opponents. To achieve true internal party democracy, which our great party professes; party leaders, government officials and public agencies should, at base, appear neutral – even if they are at the mercy of government in power,” he said, adding, “a progressive party seeking ‘equity must come with clean hands’.”
“At the same time, I urge the current leadership of the party to, without any delay, look into congresses marred by irregularities and, where necessary, cancel and re-conduct such elections. As a progressive party, we must lead by example; we should learn from the mistakes of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) where delegates and candidates were imposed on the people, which occasioned its woeful outing in 2015 elections.
“I also charge all camps to close ranks towards the greater good of the party and the nation. This is not the time for rancour. For help is on the way. With your support, I will win the APC presidential ticket and work with the incoming party leadership to reposition our party to its founding ideals. Needless to mention that, as a president, my administration will unleash the abundant potential of Nigeria to greatness. Every party man or woman who truly wants to serve our great country will have a role to play. So there will be enough to go around,” Ogbonnia affirmed in a statement.
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