APC no longer a functional political party – DG Progressive Govs Forum

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Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has described his ruling All Progressives Congress, (APC), as a political party that was no longer functional due to its inability to hold regular meetings of its constitutional organs as provided by law.

He also blamed part of the crisis in the APC on its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, accusing him of being the accuser, prosecutor and judge in most of the disputes afflicting the party.

“The hard truth is that as it stands today, APC is not a functional political party. None of its organs at any level is meeting as provided in the party’s constitution.

“It is even debatable if our membership register exists. At best, it will be the same old 2015 membership register”, he said yesterday.

Efforts to reach Oshiomhole for reaction, last night, proved abortive, as his mobile phone number could not be reached.

In a lengthy memo to the Chief Bisi Akande-led APC National Reconciliation Committee, Lukman also traced the genesis of the crisis in the party to the processes leading to the  2015 general elections.

He said: “Part of the components of the contributions of the (APC) to Nigeria’s democracy include that the problem of the imposition of candidates in elections was minimised considerably within the APC, at least in the 2015 elections.

“Unfortunately, that is where our problems started. Contestants in party primary election failed to develop the needed sportsmanship to accept results. The old habits of aspiring candidates taking over leadership structures of the party and through that, therefore, predetermining results of the primary elections remained the case”.

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