..tasks them on unity
Zakaa Lazarus, Abuja.
National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress APC, Senator Abdullahi Adamu has insisted that some current and ex- governors are working against the purposes to tear the party apart.
Adamu stated this in his opening address at the National Executive Committee NEC meeting of the APC held at the Transcorp Hotel in Abuja.
He declared that state governors are leaders of the party in their states, Adamu said the APC constitution does but have provision for dual leadership in the states.
“The battle rarely is a battle for supremacy between serving state governors and their predecessors in office. It is a crisis fuel by ego. So ego is the enemy. Ego between former and serving governors, ego has turned them into bitter enemies. Because of ego the two groups are putting our party in jeopardy and the effect will be in the polls next year.
“The serving governors and past governors are powerful men, each of them are leaders in there own right in there states but when two elephants fight the grass suffers. Similarly, when two powerful politicians fight the party suffers. Because the speech and actions of these powerful men will bring a filthy and odious stench to our party.
He however conceded that former governors are leaders in their own rights, urging serving governors to accord them all the necessary respect.
“Our party must have the courage not to play lip service about it but the serving governors of our party in there various states are the leaders of the party and this is in line with our party’s constitution. It is important that the former governors recognize that the party structure must be respected. Our party’s constitution makes no room for two party leaders in a state. Their is no reason to compete with serving governors for the leadership of the party.
Adamu enjoins them to unite the party said: “as you see it, this party has two path to take, the first path is the full and complete unity of the party, the second path is winning 2023 general elections . How we handle the first will determine how we achieve the second. We must take urgent and target steps now to unite our party at all levels; federal, states, local governments and wards.
“Our political party must emerge from incessant challenges in order to prepare for the coming tasks ahead. Secondly we must begin the process of banishing disagreement and build inclusive of our past and present experiences.
“The lack of unity in our party is such that non of can pretend not to be unaware as it was the efforts to unite this party that led the previous caretaker committee to set up a reconciliation committee to find lasting peace.
” I know Mr President is not unmindful of what happened to PDP in 2014/2015, our party is not immune to similar fate should it conduct itself in such a way that continues to undermine the legacy of the founding fathers to build this party. I was the chairman of the reconciliation committee and came out of the assignment fully conversant of the problems.
The meeting is being attended by President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmad Lawan, House Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila and other critical stakeholders who are members of the NEC.