Salihu Lukman, Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum(PGF), said that the failure of the Adams Oshiomhole-led National working Committee of the All Progressives Congress(APC), to resolve disputes peacefully, as well as its penchant for constitutional violations, is largely responsible for the current crisis in the party.
He also identified “intolerance of opposing views and sycophancy” as additional incentives.
Lukman cited these reasons in a statement in Abuja on Sunday.
The PGF, which Lukman serves as the administrative head of the Secretariat, is a forum for all governors elected on the agribusiness platform.
He noted that while there was no doubt about Oshiomhole’s knowledge and competence to run the party, his departure from the principles of democracy set out in his may 10, 2018 speech when he took office remains a growing concern.
Lukman said: “It would be useful to recall one aspect of his vision statement that obliges him to promote Intra-party democracy and ensure that all party bodies meet regularly, as stipulated in the party’s Constitution. For example, article 25 of the APC Constitution provides that the national party Congress is held once every two years; the national Executive Committee (NEC) is held quarterly, and the national working Committee (NWC) is held once a month. What have we experienced since he became national Chairman in June 2018?
“The NEC of the party, which was supposed to meet every three months, failed to meet for about fifteen months between August 2018 and November 2019. In the interim, the positions of Deputy National President (South) and national Secretary, among others, were vacated. To fill these vacancies, a minimum of zonal consensus is required, which must be ratified by the NEC.
“Instead, it was only in March 2020, when the court granted an injunction against comrade Oshiomhole, that the national working Committee announced “appointments” to these vacant positions. This has led to even more controversy based on the question of whether the NWC has the authority to make these appointments or not.”
The PGF DG further stated: “the inability to manage disagreements and resolve conflicts bordering on leadership disputes is at the center of the crisis in the APC.”