…Lambasts ex-gov. Yari for scuttling party’s fortune in State
A chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Dr. Garus Gololo, has warned the party against fielding the duo of former governors Ali Modu–Sheriff (Borno State) and AbdulAziz Yari (Zamfara State) in the forthcoming election for the National Chairmanship of the party.
Gololo, in a statement yesterday in Abuja, said the warning became necessary following the antecedent of both men in the recent party.
The APC chieftain said the party cannot afford the discordant antics of both men who in the past created fractions and tension in political parties where they belonged.
While cautioning stakeholders and the party’s leadership to be on their guard as the APC approaches the conduct of its National Convention, Gololo asserted that it was morally wrong for former Zamfara State governor, Abdulaziz Yari, to aspire to be the National Chairman of the party after “refusing to recognise the tenure of the former National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, saying the party’s Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), should outrightly keep his like out of the negotiation. He’s no good news for APC if the party is to retain power in 2023”.
The statement also urged the party’s CECPC to put the survival of the APC beyond the 2023 general election, its internal cohesion and peace among members as the primary focus in accepting interests for the National Chairmanship position.
While calling on stakeholders not to allow detractors to return the party to the path of the turmoil of the recent past, the APC Chieftain asserted that “the likes of Sheriff must be kept away from hijacking the party’s leadership in any form, or at any level”.
He said the CECPC led by the interim chairman and Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni, must also learn from the mistakes of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) which sacrificed its glory to filthy lucre by admitting into its ranks persons who later showed an uncanny proclivity to sink the ship they were captains to, in order to advance their interest.
The stakeholder however advised the former governor of Nasarawa State, Senator Tanko al-Makura, one of the aspirants for the chairmanship position of the party, to work with other stakeholders towards “building a strong and reliable APC that would give Nigerians the much-desired development.”
The statement added that although Al-Makura is “a better option than Sheriff, the party would be stronger, and more prosperous if piloted by a leader with wide reach across the country and a consolidated political capital”.
He, therefore, urged the former Nasarawa State governor to support one time Chief of Naval Staff, and former Adamawa State governor, Vice-Admiral Murtala Nyako to firmly assert the party’s meteor in championing democracy not just in Nigeria, but in Africa as a whole.