…Demands emergency NEC meeting to crush presidency cabal
From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Embattled All Progressives Congress (APC), has told President Muhammadu Buhari, to respect the judgment of the Supreme Court and direct the Governor of Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), Godwin Emefiele, to end the current currency swap madness that has imposed untold hardship on millions of Nigerians.
A member of the ruling party’s National Working Committee (NWC) and Zonal Chairman North-West, Salihu Moh Lukman, gave the directive in a statement he signed and made available to newsmen in Abuja on Thursday.
He wondered why the party has not convened an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) in the face of the challenges of grave consequences confronting the electoral fortunes of the party.
Lukman however expressed optimism that APC will win the 2023 elections, but noted that the party will have to work even more harder to ensure that the next government to be hopefully led by Bola Ahmed Tinubu will come with more listening ears to Nigerians and fellow party leaders.
He also prayed that if he wins, the Tinubu-led APC government must be a remarkable improvement on tue President Buhari-led government.
The former Director-General of the APC Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) also warned that once party organs seized to be decision making platforms, the domineering control of government institutions by so-called cabals will remain strong.
“In all of these, it needs to be clearly stated that throughout the tenure of President Buhari, nothing tests his credential as a converted democrat more than the need to demonstrate more listening ears and compassion at the plight of Nigerians.
“As a converted democrat, which I believe he is, President Buhari needs to demonstrate that by respecting the Supreme Court judgement and direct the CBN to end the current madness that imposes Naira scarcity in the country and untold hardship for millions of Nigerians,” he wrote in the statement.
Lukman further noted that; “for both APC, as a party, and Nigeria, as a nation, one of the lessons that the current reality imposes is the need to develop our political parties and make them capable of regulating the conduct of elected functionaries. This is not only the case with APC, but also the case with all our parties.
“Why should we have a challenge with grave consequences on the electoral fortunes of political parties, yet none of the parties contesting the 2023 elections have convened any emergency meeting of their National Executive Committee (NEC)? Yet, we want elections to produce accountable leaders.
“Once party organs have seized to be decision making platforms, the domineering control of government institutions by so-called cabals will remain strong. Moving Nigerian democracy forward require all of us as Nigerians to be much more honest beyond some partisan permutations about winning elections.
“As members of APC, we are working hard to win the 2023 elections, but we also will work even more harder to ensure that our next government to be led by Bola Ahmed Tinubu will come with more listening ears to Nigerians and fellow party leaders.
“God willing Tinubu’s APC government must be a remarkable improvement on President Buhari’s government whereby party leaders will through all our organs as provided in our constitution effectively and efficiently take all necessary decisions, which would be respected by Tinubu as President, God willing, and all elected representatives,” Lukman prayed in the statement.