APC Crisis: The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has told Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), to convene a National Executive Council (NEC) meeting of the party or resign without further fuss.
Lukman’s call came on the heel of the multiple internal crises rocking the party in states across the country.
Lukman described a power tussle between Oshiomhole and his successor, Governor Godwin Obaseki, as embarrassing to the ruling party APC.
In a statement he personally signed and made available to reporters on Wednesday, Lukman said the National Working Committee (NWC), an administrative organ of the party, including just a select members of the NEC and tasked with the responsibility of executing decisions of the NEC, had hijacked the responsibilities of the apex decision-making organ of the party, the NEC, which he said seemed to have been suspended.
In the statement he entitled ‘APC and our Inconceivable Organisational Challenges: Urgent Call to our Leaders,’ he noted that many of the crises facing the party in the state, many of which had cost the party in some states hitherto considered as its stronghold states, are those that the NEC or National Caucus meeting of the party is designed to sort out.
The statement added, “Side by side with the news of the vote of no confidence was also the discomforting report of the Federal High Court judgment in Abuja disqualifying Biobarakuma Degi-Eremienyo as our Deputy Governorship candidate for the November 16, 2019, Bayelsa election.
“While expecting that every necessary step will be taken to vacate the judgment, it is very depressing for every committed party member to be subjected to such ignominious reality, which only reminds us of our reckless conducts in states like Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa, which chiefly gave away electoral victories to PDP.
“Instead of focusing on working to win elections, we are busy undermining ourselves. All these are ominous signs that we are about to re-enact the Zamfara, Rivers, Bauchi and Adamawa experiences in Bayelsa.
“It is Bayelsa today, Anambra, Edo, and Ondo are being set up for similar experiences. Somehow, unfortunately, the National Executive Council (NEC) of the party, which is the organ vested with the statutory responsibility of responding to all these challenges appear to be suspended.
“The last time it met was August 2018. In its place, the National Working Committee (NWC), which is an administrative organ with the responsibility of implementing decisions of NEC and other higher organs seems to have usurped the powers of NEC.”