Our party may suffer worse luck than the PDP, warns Buhari

President Muhammadu Buhari on Saturday warned the other leaders of his party, APC, to act together unless they want the party to suffer a fate worse than that of the Peoples Democratic Party (PPD). The PDP ruled Nigeria for 16 years before losing the 2015 general election to the APC. Buhari issued his warning to leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) amid renewed internal crises that plagued the party ahead of the 2023 general election. Internal party crises worsened on Monday when Niger state governor Abubakar Bello controversially took over leadership of the APC from his Yobe state counterpart Mala Buni. Buni was reportedly ousted from his post as interim president of APC for alleged anti-partisan conduct ahead of the party’s much-anticipated National Convention. While the APC national secretariat has not openly confirmed the change in its leadership, PREMIUM TIMES exclusively reported on how party governors planned Buni’s dismissal, pointing to the latter’s alleged plot to sabotage the March 26 event. His removal, according to the governors, was also sanctioned by Buhari before the president began his final medical trip to the UK. Nigeria’s president, in Saturday’s statement signed by his spokesman, Garba Shehu, did not acknowledge his role in the party’s leadership crisis, but warned his members not to repeat the mistakes of the DPP while in power. “Yes, we are entitled to our own share of dissent and discord within the party. These are common to all parties, left and right around the world. ”But matches divided by competing egos went to the worst possible fate. “As the country gears up for the long haul to the 2023 presidential election, we all look forward to a robust debate on the issues that matter and what is happening in the APC should be a reflection of this, not the infighting we are seeing. . There should be no more distractions before the convention to elect new leaders,” warned Mr. Buhari. Based on the fiasco that has occurred within the party structures of late, he admitted the APC’s deviation from its original course and warned its leadership against self-aggrandizement and discriminatory politics. “We do not start with the note of arrogance of power, nor do we see government as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement, to be maintained at all costs, but rather as a vehicle to bring development to all without political, ethnic or regional discrimination to our beloved country made this success possible,” said Mr. Buhari. Media fuels APC crises – Buhari In the statement, the president also criticized media coverage of the APC crisis, describing it as a “waste of everyone’s time.” He downplayed the role of the APC leadership in broader political discussions before 2023 and called on the media to prioritize reporting on the processes surrounding the election of the party’s standard-bearers. “Precisely when the party convention is held and who is the party chairman is not a matter for the average voter: far more important is who the convention delegates will elect as party standard bearer in the coming weeks to carry forward the platform of the party to the people. in the general elections in February next year. “Therefore, it is important for the media to put these issues in perspective. No one is debating policy differences here. That’s for the general election. None of the declared contenders and none of those who may step forward will change because of who may be in the party in the chair of the president. It is essentially the same party. “Of course, the media is welcome to comment on the character content of potential APC candidates; discuss your suitability for leadership; Examine your offer to members. But focusing on routine internal divisions and magnifying them into what they have become today is a waste of everyone’s time, amounting to a simple discussion about seating arrangements,” Shehu quoted the president as saying. Read the full statement below. STATE HOUSE PRESS RELEASE PRESIDENT BUHARI CALLS FOR ORDER IN THE APC President Muhammadu Buhari warns the leaders (and members) of the All Progressives Party (APC) to desist from name-calling and back-stabbing ahead of the upcoming Convention on March 26, stand firm and maintain their unity if the party wants to continue on the path of victory and its dominance at all levels throughout the country. President Buhari calls on members to look to the once powerful Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), the “main opposition”, now weakened and adrift, and learn lessons of disunity, mismanagement and corruption. They failed in 16 years in power and as opposition. . “Yes, we are entitled to our own share of dissent and discord within the party. These are common to all parties, left and right around the world. advertisements “But parties divided by competing egos are destined for the worst possible fate,” the president warned. “As the country gears up for the long haul to the 2023 presidential election, we all expect a robust debate on the issues that matter and what happens at the APC should be a reflection of this, not the infighting we are seeing. There should be no more distractions before the convention to elect new leaders.” He recalled that the APC began with victory confidence and today the party enjoys that confidence in nearly two-thirds of our 36 states. However, he pointed out, this is a party that has only existed for eight years, becoming the dominant party because it has opened its doors to defectors from other parties, big and small. This alone, added to the fact that “we do not start with the note of arrogance of power, nor do we see government as a vehicle for self-aggrandizement, to be retained at all costs, but as a vehicle to bring development to all without discrimination- political, ethnic or regional to our beloved country made this success possible”. The party, he continued, is proud of the fact that in its short period of existence it decisively won two general elections and, despite losing a few states in 2019, firmly broadened its pan-Nigerian perspective with significant defections from governors and parliamentarians from the opposition to his fold. “Given all that is at stake, we can expect office races like the one we face now to be heated, even though candidates and their promoters for party offices are debating not so much political differences as differences in management, personality , character and suitability. for the most important leadership roles in our country and therefore in the continent.” It is equally clear that over the last week or so, APC internal management issues have received lavish media coverage, regardless of their importance to Nigerian voters. It is important to ask what benefits the poor obtain during the period of intense negative coverage. Precisely when the party convention is held and who is the party chairman is not a matter for the average voter: far more important is who convention delegates will elect as party standard bearer in the coming weeks to carry the platform. of the party to the people in the general election in February next year. Therefore, it is important for the media to put these issues in perspective. No one is debating policy differences here. That’s for the general election. None of the declared contenders and none of those who may step forward will change because of who may be in the party in the chair of the president. It is essentially the same party. Of course, the media is welcome to comment on the character content of potential APC candidates; discuss your suitability for leadership; Examine your offer to members. But focusing on routine internal divisions and magnifying them into what they are today is a waste of everyone’s time, which is nothing more than an argument over seating arrangements. This is not what Nigerians talk about in their communities. They have a penchant for only things that matter. Garba Shehu Senior Special Assistant to the President (Media and Publicity) March 12, 2022 Read More Related News Here Let here it in the comment below if you do have an opinion on this; Our party may suffer worse luck than the PDP, warns Buhari