Progressive governors lament APC’s problems getting worse

The Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) yesterday decried the crises plaguing the party nationwide.

The Forum, in a letter to the Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee, said that the crises had got to a stage whereby the confidence of members of the Adams Oshiomhole-led NWC to provide the needed leadership to ensure victory in every election had been eroded.

The letter, entitled: “Our Leaders Should Unite to Rebuild the Party,” signed by its Director-General, Mr. Salihu Lukman, blamed the party’s national chairman for the setback recorded by the party in recent times.

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The PGF observed that the problem is worsened by the fact that Oshiomhole is surrounded by sycophants mainly from his home state of Edo.

It, however, acknowledged that the reconciliation committee has what is required to assist the party to resolve current challenges.

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It noted: “The crisis in the party is clearly getting worse and worse by the day. It has gotten to a stage whereby the competence of members of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC to provide the needed leadership to ensure victory in every election has been eroded.

“We can win the election and on account of some inabilities to competently manage legal challenges associated with the nomination of candidates, we are compelled to surrender victory to our opponents.

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“This is the narrative of the Supreme Court judgment of February 13, 2020, in respect of November 16, 2019, Bayelsa elections. It was also the case with May 24, 2019, Supreme Court nullification of the election of all APC candidates in the 2019 elections in Zamfara State.

“In other words, our NWC can be described as a very efficient Trojan horse that opens the backdoor for electoral victory to our political opponents. It is really unfortunate that we are faced with all the avoidable electoral tragedies that have befallen us all because our NWC decided to abdicate its responsibility.

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“This is quite disheartening and certainly beyond any expectation. How can all these be happening under the watch of Oshiomhole as the national chairman? Oshiomhole’s leadership credentials cannot be disputed.

“But given what is going on now in APC under his watch, it is very clear that he is not that same Oshiomhole that was an inspiring union leader who competently handled all organisational leadership challenges to the admiration of Nigerians.

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“Part of the problem now is that he is surrounded by sycophants mainly from Edo State. Any attempt to help him through objective advice is condemned as betrayal, especially when such advice comes from people who were close to him.”

The group, therefore, enjoined the Oshiomhole-led NWC to convene a meeting of the appropriate organ of the party – National Executive Council (NEC) or National Caucus where a decision setting aside all the disciplinary actions at all levels of the party, including the NWC, could be taken.

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