Senate President Ahmad Lawan has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) may face challenges after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023.
Lawan gave the warning on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
He said the party must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of the present administration.
He noted that by doing so, the party would be able to retain its appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections.
He said, “Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in APC.
“[And] when he leaves, he would still have some roles, but I daresay that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.
“Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.
So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.
“That means we have to see our selves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from.
Our tribe or even ethnic group, our religious persuasion should not matter when it comes to uniting this country.
“[And] as APC, the onus is on us to provide security and an economy that will bring growth and development to give people the kind of life that is meaningful.
We can ask others to join us, but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck.”
He lamented that the plan of the APC to deliver on most of its promises to Nigerians was stalled in the first tenure of the President Buhari administration as a result of the feud between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.
“When we were voted in 2019 as leaders of the National Assembly, we were conscious of one thing, that our mandate that was given to us by Nigerians in 2015 had suffered disruption and dislocation.”
For four years (2015 to 2019), our government could not perform optimally because of the then crisis between the parliament – the National Assembly – and the Executive arm of government.
“So, APC had already lost four very important years. And, that was supposed to be the years that we should have convinced Nigerians that they took the right decision by voting out a PDP administration in 2015.
“What are our options? We are one party in different arms of government. Our policies are supposed to be the same. Our programmes and projects are supposed to be the same, whether you’re in the legislature or the executive.
So long as you are APC, that is your programme and project, that is your government and you are bound to make it succeed.
“So, we took the conscious decision of working in harmony that our relationship must be characterized by consultation, coordination, partnership and mutual respect, that we must succeed in the second tenure (2019 – 2023).
“Otherwise, in 2023, many would like to see our backs if you can’t provide the services expected of you in your first four years.
And] you to change and do better, why would anybody give you eight years?
“So, we felt we have an obligation to Nigerians who voted for us, to our people in APC and to our country, that we must work in such a fashion and manner that government is able to deliver services to Nigerians.”
You Don’t Even Know The Venue Of Your Party Congress, PDP youths taunt Akpabio over Akwa Ibom APC congress.
A group of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), youths, PDP Youths Congress (PDPYC) has described the treatment meted out to the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs, Chief Godswill Akpabio, by the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Akwa Ibom State, as the beginning of his reward for political harlotry and betrayer of the PDP, a party that gave him everything politically.
On Saturday, angry protesters drawn from the faction loyal to Senator Akpabio had protested at the All Progressives Congress (APC)secretariat in Uyo, the Akwa Ibom State capital, seeking the cancellation of the ward congress exercise. They accused the National Caretaker Secretary, Senator John Udoedehe, of “fraudulently manipulating the lists to include only his loyalists as candidates for the wards and chapter congresses.”
Reacting, the PDPYC said ‘it was shameful that Senator Akpabio, who, while in PDP, was a highly respected politician but today, is crying over APC ward congress like a rat being pursued by a hungry cat. Shameful!’
In a statement issued in Abuja on Monday by the PDPYC Director of Communications and Mobilisation, Akpan Ibor, the youths said: ‘More humiliations still await Akpabio in APC, unless he retraced his steps to the PDP and apologise to the party members and supporters.
OBSEVERS TIMES earlier reported that APC finished its congresses while the Minister of Niger Delta Affairs Senator Godwin Akpabio was still searching for the venue of the Congress
‘What happened to Senator Godswill Akpabio is the beginning of the humiliation he will suffer in the APC. More will still come because, by 2023, he won’t be able to field himself and any of his loyalists as candidates in APC.
‘Imagine Akpabio, having to organise protest and set bonfire at APC secretariat in Uyo over ward congress. Isn’t it shameful?
‘That is what you get when you engage yourself in political harlotry, moving from your own political mansion to become a tenant in other people’s political boys quarter.
‘If he had not decamped to APC out of political greed, Akpabio would still have remained in the Senate as the Minority Leader, a position that is more honourable than that of Minister of Niger Delta Affairs that he is holding now.
‘As for us in the PDPYC, we don’t pity Akpabio and his likes. We only hope that others will learn from the political misfortune that is befalling him in APC.’
We resign because of incompetence of the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus-Ex-PDP NEC officials.
Seven former deputy national officers of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), have explained why they resigned their positions as members of the National Executive Council.
The seven national officers are Deputy National Publicity Secretary, Diran Odeyemi; Deputy National Legal Adviser, Ahmed Bello; Deputy National Women Leader, Umoru Hadizat
Others are the Deputy National Auditor Divine Amina Arong; Deputy National Organizing Secretary, Hassan Yakubu; and Deputy National Financial Secretary, Irona Alphonsus.
The officers attributed their resignation to the incompetence of the PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus.
One of the officers cited bad treatment by the Secondus led National Working Committee (NWC) leadership of the deputies, since they were elected in 2017.
“Since our election in 2017, we (deputy national officers) have only met with Secondus thrice. It is not as if he called us; on those three occasions, we sought audience with him.
“To him, we are just a necessary evil to be tolerated but never to be catered for. We all have our constituencies and our followers.
It appears they see us as nothing but appendages forced on them by the party’s constitution,” he said.
Odeyemi, who was in London, United Kingdom, while declining comment on the development, aligned himself with the decision of his colleagues to resign.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, confirming the development, said that the NWC had received the resignation letters.
Ologbondiyan said that the party leadership would look into the matter and adopt the internal mechanism to resolve it.
The NWC of our great party at its meeting today received the notice of the resignation from deputies who are elected members of the National Executive Committee.
“The meeting of the NWC and the deputies immediately took place to dialogue on the issues that were raised.
“The party will look into the grievances raised by members of NEC as well as members of the National Working Committee.
“The internal conflict resolution mechanism of our party has also been immediately activated to put these issues behind us.
We call on all the leaders, stakeholders and members of our great party to remain calm as we collectively resolve these issues,” Ologbondiyan said.
The National Youth leader, SKE Ude-Okoye, also briefing newsmen in his office at Wadata House, the party National Secretariat, Abuja.
He slammed Secondus for incompetence in managing the affairs of the party, saying he lacked managerial capacity to manage PDP.
He said that Secondus had made sure that many departments of the party did not function as effectively as it ought to function.
The Chairman has nothing to offer to the party only to come here and deceive us.
“There is a sharp division in our NWC right now, not only me, many more NWC members are more aggrieved than myself.
“Today I have asked him in our NWC meeting to resign his position as the chairman of this party because he cannot lead this party to victory,” Ude-Okoye said.
He called on PDP leaders, the governors, the founding fathers, youths and women to rise up to rescue the party from Secondus incompetent leadership.
“Secondus is not willing to take us to anywhere. He is just there to make sure that he enriches himself.
“I am here to make it very clear to all Nigerians that if Secondus does not resign from the party, I am going to leave the party for him to eat the party and own the party.
“The governors, if they don’t wade into this matter right now, I assure Nigerians that within the next three, four days, my letter will be public,” Ude-Okoye said.
He added that more officers of the NWC would still resign because of Secondus.
Massive Resignation: PDP Governors Call For Calm, Summon Emergency Meeting.
The PDP Governors’ Forum has received with regrets and sadness the recent rumblings in the PDP.
The Governors hereby call on all members of the party and indeed all stakeholders to remain calm in the face of the developments.
We plead with all aggrieved persons and those with the interest of the PDP at heart to keep their gun powder dry, as efforts are being made in consultation with members of the PDP Board of Trustees and other stakeholders to resolve all contending issues.
To this end, the PDP GOVERNORS’ FORUM has scheduled an emergency meeting to discuss the affairs of the Party and the way forward.
The PDP as the only remaining hope of the nation for good governance must show an example to Nigerians and also take advantage of the current disarray in the APC and its rudderless government.
Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal , CFR
Chairman, PDP GOVERNORS FORUM
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