By Isaac Eranga, Benin
The Edo State Treasurer of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Saliu Momoh has called on APC supporters to ignore the speculations by some persons that the party is on the verge of losing her key members to the mega party alleged to be registered by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) due to internal crisis in the party.
In a chat with our correspondent in Benin, he disclosed that the party is getting stronger despite recent storms.
He reiterated that the party’s victories in the Ondo State governorship election and the Ifako/Ijayi by-election to the Federal House of Representatives, was a good evidence that the party remains united.
The Secretary of the merger committee which birthed the APC, said the well being of a political party is not determined by crisis or intra party wranglings rocking the party.
According to him, “there is no political party in the world that don’t have internal crisis but the ability for the party to evolve an internal mechanism to address the crisis is what determines success. It is when such structure is not on ground that we say the party has failed. In APC, we have the structure.
“Crisis helps to strengthen and build the unity of the party. There is room for the Marxian thesis, antithesis and synthesis to operate. The APC as a progressives party is very much concerned about the good the synthesis will bring about”.
On the alleged pulling out of the National leader of the party, Asiwaju Ahmed Bola Tinubu, the APC chieftain said: “Asiwaju Tinubu was one of the founders of the APC just as we have Chief Ogbona Onu, President Buhari. You cannot build a house and abandon it. Asiwaju will not leave the progressives, he has been a progressive all along. It is a mere speculation that generated from the machinations of the PDP because they know they are already sunk”.
Alhaji Saliu emphasised that the present problem Nigeria is facing was caused by the 16 years of misrule of the PDP. He said the recession being experienced by Nigeria is purely an economic issue. “The problem is being handled progressively in a progressive manner by the APC government. That was the reason we introduced the change philosophy.
“By 2015, virtually all the sectors of the economy were already collapsed. When the issue was raised by the media, the PDP government denied it but later accepted by Ngozi Iweala, the then Minister of Finance.
“The Federal government inherited 5 to 6 months salary debt; about 27 states were not able to pay workers salaries, they cried to Buhari seeking bail outs and the Buhari administration has given out several bail outs since inception. That is just one of the ways the APC administration is progressively handling the problem of Nigeria. One other way is the newly introduced N-power programme for young graduates and as I am talking now, up to 200,000 graduates have been engaged”, he said.
The Edo APC chieftain called on all Nigerians to relentlessly support the administration of President Buhari, saying better things are in the offing. He said Nigerians should ever be thankful to God for bringing President Buhari.