By Ado Hassan, Sokoto
Concerned over the alleged seeming political misfortunes rearing down the lines in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Association of former Elected local government chairmen in the ruling All Progressives Congress says it foresees imminent disintegration in the party if urgent care and caution are not taken to restore sanity and order in the party.
It further warned against attempt by the party’s IMC to dissolve existing party executives structures, stressing that the idea should be jettisoned as it plays strange by such committee to dissolve legally constituted executives of the party.
Addressing a press conference in Sokoto Tuesday, the National President , Hon. Ibrahim Dasuki Haske cautioned and called on President Muhammadu Buhari to be wary of deceitful leaders who might be or wanting to advise him wrongly on the party affairs.
However, Haske flanked by Hon. Bala Salisu from Kogi, Hon. Bello Hali and Hon. Labaran Dangaladima Maradun , Zamfara, noted that while Buhari was making frantic and sincere efforts to drive the change mantra to fruition, certain others calling themselves leaders were busy Working for their selfish interests.
” They do not care if the party disintegrates or not, as long as their gluttonous nests are feathered.
” Can they swear that they are still on he same page on the change mantra with our party leader, Mr President “, he rhetorically asked.
Haske who is the Sarkin Tudun Sokoto, noted that the journey to the emergence of APC was a coordinated resilience of the merger and support of young men and women anchored by President Buhari, Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande among notable others like Wamakko, Governor Zulum, Nasiru El-rufa’i as well many more who still believe and uphold the change mantra agenda in honesty.
The National President further took a swipe on the Interim National Caretaker Committee under Governor Mai Mala Buni of Yobe state, who he pointed out was grudgingly accepted to steer the ship of the party within six months as a result of the profound respect for Mr President but metamorphosed into playing the script of alleged ” So called cabal” in the party and instead of uniting various entities rather doing he opposite.
Haske who cited the Edo APC crises as a practical case study, said the interim committed played a lame dog not able to foster unity ” instead extended full weight of support to the opposition PDP candidate than supporting the candidate of the party, Pastor Ize Osagie Iyamu.”
Similarly, it expressed worries on why the interim committed should deviate by abandoning its mandate of conducting convention and delve into planning a fresh registration of members at a peak time of general hunger and unemployment affecting the people across the country.
” We advise the committee to immediately drop the idea of fresh registration exercise for members. This is not the right time for fresh registration when hose in the far north are cureently under siege of insecurity except if there is a hidden agenda’, Haske pointed out.
Accordingly, the association said ” it becomes necessary for a similar exercise, we advise it should be an update of membership where those wishing to register to approach designated centres and names of those who left he party y be compiled at ward levels for deletion.”
While it insist that the planned registration of members be dropped said it should be left to the incoming elected Excos to handle adding ” anything short of that will not be acceptable and demanded a new timetable and date for the national convention be announced shortly.
It however, sympathised with the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu on the destruction of his business property during the #EndSARS protest in Lagos.
It noted and appreciated the leadership qualities of Tinubu adding that ” you should not be distracted by the recent events. Victory is assured by God’s grace.”