Buhari Is The National Leader Of APC, Presidency Declares
The presidency has declared that President Muhammadu Buhari is the leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC). This is against the insinuations by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, lai Mohammed that President Muhammadu Buhari is not the leader of the party but a product of the APC.
Speaking Thursday while featuring on Sunrise, a programme of a Lagos-based private television station, ChannelsTV, Senior Special Assistant to the President on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, aslo explained why Buhari has yet to intervene in the crisis rocking the National Assembly.
“The President will step into the crisis at the point when the governors say they can no longer fix it.”
Shehu however insisted that even if the President steps in, he would not do that to the level of imposing leaders on the lawmakers, adding that Buhari’s position on the matter had remained that the National Assembly is an independent arm of government and he would not be seen meddling in their affairs.
The presidential spokesman equally hinted that what was currently playing out in the National Assembly does not suggest that the situation had gone out of control.
“The President has a responsibility to the party, the President has a responsibility to the nation and as far as we are looking at the situation it has not gotten out of control. It is still within manageable parameters, it is a little storm we will overcome and Nigerians better get used to it,” he added.
On the leadership of the party, Shehu, in apparent reaction to a statement made by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Muhammed, that Buhari is not the leader of the party, said the President was the leader.
“Does it need to be said? I don’t think it needs to be said that the President is the leader of his party. There’s no question about it,” he declared.
He said there is need for Nigerians to understand the basics of politics as the country is no more in the military era when decrees are made by a single leader.
“Politics, as its theory says, is basically about contest for interests and these interests may be fully defined by political party programmes, while some of these things may be outside political party programmes,” he said.