We’ve No Confidence in APC leadership – Shekarau, Bafarawa
The intra-party crisis in the APC took a worsening dimension yesterday when two former governors and founding members of the APC, Ibrahim Shekarau and Attahiru Bafarawa, met in Sokoto and declared that they no longer have confidence in the leadership of the party.
They said their position was informed by the failure of the APC hierarchy to act on issues which were tearing the party apart.
The duo who spoke shortly after hours of closed-door meeting in the residence of Attahiru Bafarawa in Sokoto stated that 90 per cent of global crises were triggered by loss of confidence in leadership.
Shekarau told journalists after the meeting that he could not imagine why six months after APC was registered no single Nigerian could produce an evidence of his membership of the party.
The development, according to him, was contrary to their initial plan of the original 89 members who founded the party to within three months of its registration by INEC begin membership registration and conduct its congresses and convention.
When asked the reasons for the recent consultation across the country by some members of the legacy parties which formed APC, Shekarau said: “Our consultation and discussion is centred on the way towards addressing some of the pressing issues in the party.
Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa and other states have written to the national leadership of the party concerning the injustices embarked upon, yet there was no response. We wrote again jointly and there was no response. In fact, 250 members equally wrote to the national leadership on the same issue, yet there was no response. Therefore, we are not happy that they have not taken step to address our grievances.”
He continued: “A few months ago, we were calling the PDP evil, and now we are calling on the same set of people we called evil to come and join us.”
When asked whether they would defect or form a new APC, he said, “We are not bothered by any accusation,” adding that ”when you challenge a leadership, you will be accused of working for somebody. But, we are more than being a stooge.”
He said he had no plans to leave the All Progress Congress, contrary to insinuations in some quarters
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