APC needs equal partnership to become progressive

APC needs equal partnership to become progressive

Salihu Lukman, a former vice-chair of the All Progressives
Congress (APC) in the north-west, says the party needs equal partnership to
return to its progressive vision.

In a statement on Thursday, Lukman said in 2013, APC had
“strong potential” of becoming a progressive political party.

The former director-general of the Progressive Governors
Forum (PGF) said President Bola Tinubu and leaders of the party must set in
motion a process to renegotiate the APC.

“Renegotiating the APC should be about reinventing
progressive politics in the country based on the acknowledgment that what we
have in APC today is anything but progressive politics,” he said.

“Being privileged to have President Asiwaju Tinubu should
translate to an advantage to reform the APC to become a truly progressive
party.

“It will require the capacity to put in place the
orientation of equal partnership in APC for the party to return to its founding
vision of becoming a progressive party.

“It is only through equal partnership that the APC can
reinvent progressive politics in Nigeria based on which issues of
accountability and being responsive and representative to the interest of
Nigerians can be stronger.”

Lukman lamented that organs of the party are not functioning
as they should.

“Up to June 9, 2015 when the 8th National Assembly was
inaugurated, no meeting of any organ of the party was held,” he said.

“No decision was taken by any organ of the party in terms of
influencing the emergence of leaders of the 8th National Assembly, which made
it possible for the rebellious groups led by Sen. Saraki and Hon. Dogara to
defeat the preferred candidates of APC leaders.

“In fact, the capacity to resolve national challenges such
as rising insecurity in the country as contained in the APC manifesto and
campaign promises became problematic.”

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