President Muhammadu Buhari has fired the opposition People’s Democratic Party calling it a party of failure and urging the APC not to allow their party to descend to the level of the opposition party’s failure.
The President said this in his reaction to the crisis rocking All Progressives Congress through a statement by his Senior Special Assistant on media, Garba Shehu, warning his party’s leaders to stop all “name-calling and backstabbing” for the unity of the party.
The President restated that the National Convention of the party slated for March 26 will hold, urging party members to remain resolute and united for the party to continue in the path of victory and domonance at all levels of governance all over the country.
While noting that the PDP had failed in their 16 years of piloting the affairs of Nigeria and also in their years of being an opposition party, the President asked his APC members to “look at the once-powerful, main opposition Peoples Democratic Party now enfeebled and adrift and learn lessons in disunity, mismanagement and corruption”.
In his word, the President said, “Yes, we are entitled to our own share of dissent and intra-party discord. These are common in all parties, left and right all over the world.
“But parties splintered by competing egos destine themselves to the worst possible fate.
“As the country prepares for the long run-up to the 2023 presidential election, we all expect a robust debate on the issues that matter and what is going in the APC should be a reflection of this, not the infighting we are seeing. There must be no more distractions ahead of the convention to choose new leaders.”
The President claimed that the APC enjoys the confidence and wide acceptance of the people, such that it controls nearly two-thirds of Nigeria’s 36 states.
The president noted that the ruling party has been in existence for barely eight years, but has managed to become the dominant party by throwing open its door for defectors of all categories who have come to accept the party because of its exceptional performance.
The president’s statement read further, “This alone, in addition to the fact that we didn’t start on the note of arrogance of power, nor see government as a vehicle for self-aggrandisement, to be held at all costs, but a vehicle to bring development to all without discrimination-political, ethnic or regional to our dear country made this success possible.
“Given all that is at a stake, we can expect contests into offices as we are now faced with to be heated although candidates and their promoters for party offices are not so much debating policy differences but differences of management, personality, character, and suitability for the most important leadership roles in our country and therefore the continent.”
However, the president stated that the media contributed to the crisis presently rocking the party and urged the media to be professional in their reporting.
He said, “It is equally clear that over the last week or so, the internal management affairs of the APC have been afforded generous media coverage – over and above its importance to the voters of Nigeria.
“It is important to ask what benefits the poor are getting during the period of intense negative coverage.
“When precisely the party’s convention is held and who is the party’s chairman is hardly a matter for the average voter: vastly more important is who convention delegates will elect as the party’s flagbearer in the coming weeks to take forward the party’s platform to the people in the general election in February next year.
“It is therefore important for the media to put such matters into perspective. No one is debating policy differences here. That is for the general election. None of the declared aspirants and any of those that may step forward will change because of who may be in the party in the chairman’s seat. It is essentially the same party.
“Of course, the media are welcome to comment on the content of the character of the potential APC candidates; discuss their suitability for leadership; scrutinize their offer to the membership. But to focus on the routine internal divisions and magnify them into what they have become today is a waste of everyone’s time, amounting to no more than a discussion over seating arrangements.
“This is not what Nigerians talk of in their communities. They have an inclination only for things that matter.”
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