Eighteen months into power, the crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives (APC) is getting more complicated by the day, with many chieftains engaging in fierce war of words. While some party members have expressed the fear of possible disintegration, others say unless urgent steps are taken to avert its imminent breakup, President Buhari may no longer seek re-election on the platform of the APC in 2019 if he decides to go for a second term.
Senator Abu Ibrahim (APC, Katsina South), however, heaped the blame of the chaos in their party on the national leadership of the party.
“People should not forget that the APC is an amalgamation of different factions, orientations, experiences and even personalities.
“Therefore, if the party wins and forms the government, the party leadership should be able to mash those different groups. There should be a proper and proactive approach while the government is concentrating on governance. Again, they must have some proactive engagement with the government too, but unfortunately, the leadership of the party is not active enough,” he said.
He said Buhari should not be blamed because he has too many things to contend with. “Buhari is the president of Nigeria, and of course he is the national leader of the party. But who does the day-to-day running of the party? Who does the day-to-day monitoring of the party? Who does the day-to-day control of the party?
“Look, the fact is that Mr President is handling lots of serious jobs; somebody who wants to change Nigeria, somebody who wants to crush corruption, somebody who wants to fight insecurity, and then the economy is dwindling. How can he have time to go and be talking on the party? So, the leader (chairman) of the party is the person responsible. If the party is in crisis, it’s his responsibility,” he said.
Senator Ibrahim also dismissed claims that President Buhari has shot his doors for the party leadership; hence their inability to galvanise forces.
“Unfortunately, people thought that as a retired federal permanent secretary, he (Oyegun) should be able to set up internal conflict resolution mechanisms, considering where the party came from, which is amalgamation of various groups.
“The president is facing gargantuan task, the price of oil, the revenue, then fighting insecurity and fighting corruption. I mean these are enough to fill caps. Therefore, he needs an astute political party manager, who will be able to see things, who will be able to create mechanisms that would resolve conflicts,” he said.
Asked if he agrees with the call by Tinubu that Oyegun should resign, Senator Ibrahim said, “Of course, if he likes let him resign, I don’t bother myself. You see, unfortunately, in Nigeria you don’t resign.”
He also expressed reservations over the fight between Atiku and El-Rufai, saying that they were running faster than their shadows. “We have a sitting president. And did he tell you that he’s not going to contest? We have not even gone halfway and we have to perform first before we would start thinking of winning election.
“So, all of them should cooperate with the president to perform and make the party winnable. They all know that if Buhari is going to contest, he will be the first to be considered, he will get the right of first refusal.
“They should be cooperative and control their ambitions until the party and the government reach a certain level and do enough to sure that we would win again. They should advise the president on what to do so that by 2019 we would have no opposition,” he said.
(Culled from Dailytrust)