“Without Buhari’s leadership, APC would have been at mercy of cabals”, Says PGF D-G

The Director-General, Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Dr. Salihu Moh. Lukman, has attributed the level of internal democracy in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to President Muhammadu Buhari’s political leadership style, without which he said the Party would have been left at the mercy of cabals.

Dr. Lukman disclosed this yesterday in Abuja, while speaking about his upcoming book, “APC and Campaign for New Nigeria”, said the President has ensured that every member of the party has a say in its affairs.

According to the D-G, “For APC to achieve the goal of producing a new Nigeria, it must be a Party with a leadership that is united, disciplined, and respectful.

“Re-organising the structures of APC should make the party functionally active in facilitating negotiations among leaders at all levels and all agreements reached must be respected by all. It is the process of negotiating and implementing agreements reached, which should be respected by all that can produce a New Nigeria! “The new Nigeria being envisioned therefore should be a liberal political environment, which should promote critical and selfless criticisms. In all of this, President Buhari’s leadership style remains a source of inspiration, which encourages engagements with all APC leaders”, he stated.

“Take away President Buhari’s political leadership, the atmosphere in APC may be different and many of the perspectives being produced from within the party, may not have found expression, or may have risked being condemned and individuals promoting them may have been restrained”, he further said.

The publication – ‘APC and Campaign for New Nigeria’ – is the fourth in the last two years aimed at critically evaluating political and governance initiatives in Nigeria under the APC-led administration of President Muhammadu Buhari. With the Foreword by Professor of African Studies at King’s College, London and Programme Director, African Leadership Centre, Prof. Abiodun Alao, chapters in the publication are a series of interventions between July and November 2021.

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