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Why APC Leadership Is Buhari’s Greatest Problem

Posted: Jun 15, 2015 at 6:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)




The former Special Adviser on Political Affairs to the former President of Nigeria, Dr. Goodluck Ebele Jonathan, Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, on Monday, June 15, 2015, said that the recent problems encountered by the All Progressive Congress (APC) in the election of leaders of the National Assembly was a vindication of his position that the party was not prepared to govern a complex nation like Nigeria.

Speaking with state House Correspondents in Abuja, Alkali said that from the reactions of some leaders of the party (APC) to the events at the Pational Assembly, President Muhammadu Buhari’s greatest problem is the people in the leadership of APC and not the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

According to him, “I have observed with keen interest the scenario in the National Assembly that resulted in the election of Sen. Bukola Saraki and Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and other leaders of NASS and what attracted my attention more, though not surprising, were the incoherent and contraditory responses from the leaders of the APC, especially the faction led by the former Governor of Lagos, Sen. Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who outrightly rejected the outcome of the election and without decorum blamed President Muhammadu Buhari as being responsible for the debacle in the National Assembly.

“This is indeed a clear confirmation of my earlier warning to the APC to plan more and talk less. Undoubtedly, things have started falling apart in the APC.

From the look of things, the greatest obstacle to the Muhammadu Buhari administration is not the PDP and other political parties, but some of the over ambicious leaders and members of his Party, the APC, who believe they have invested so much in his election and can not wait a day longer to collect returns from their investments,” Alkali said.

He said that the emergence of Sen. Ike Ekweremadu of the PDP as Deputy President of the Senate was an indication that PDP was not dead as some people claim.

“Whoever said that the PDP is dead and buried should please show me the cemetery and the grave where PDP was buried. Nigerians should not forget the fact that some of the members of PDP, who joined APC went there as a result of some circumstance but the souls and minds of most of them are still in PDP. Remember, most of those who left were founding fathers and senior leaders of the PDP in their respective states and zones. This is therefore just the beginning of the beginning.”

He congratulated the new leadership of the National Assembly and said that they should be ready to face the task of uplifting the nation.

“May I also use this occasion to congratulate Sen. Bukola Saraki, the new President of the Senate and his Deputy, Sen. Ike Ekweremadu, the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara and his Deputy, Hon. Yusuf Lasun and other newly inaugurated members of the two Chambers of the National Assembly. I wish them well and urge them to put the events of last week behind and forge ahead in the discharge of their duties. I also wish to remind them that the task of moving the nation forward lies squarely on their shoulders irrespective of their political affiliations,” the former Special said.