Blame Buhari, governors for APC crisis, says Sani
The Senator representing Kaduna Central senatorial district, Shehu Sani, has said the emergence of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), was in response to the poor governance and lack of focus of President Muhammadu Buhari’s government.
Sani blamed the President’s style of leadership and the party’s failure to address the numerous challenges of the nation for the crisis in the ruling party, stressing that the country has to be salvaged from the leadership of the APC.
He maintained that the ruling party “has plunged Nigeria into crisis that have defied solution due to the inability of President Buhari to check the excesses of those in command structure of the party and led it astray in the past three years.”
The Senator, who spoke in an interview with The Guardian, said the emergence of R-APC was a rescue mission for the ruling party aimed at salvaging the nation from those who wanted to ensure that the challenges facing the country and its people were unresolved.
He said: “The reformed APC is a product of the crisis within the APC in the last three years. The reformed APC became a convergence of people that are aggrieved in the party; the legislators that have been marginalized, and most importantly, for the shoddy, mischievous and destructive congresses that was held under (Chief John) Oyegun’s chairmanship of the party.”
He disclosed that no one in the R-APC had any grouse with Adams Oshiomhole, because he was just sworn-in into office, “but, our concern was that in the last three years under Oyegun, the party lost its integrity, lost its unity and it has lost its value in the eyes and minds of many of its members because of the injustice and the cruelty and persecution meted on us while the party remained silent.”
On the make up of the R-APC, Sani said: “R-APC is made up of about three to four categories of people. It comprises legislators that were systematically marginalized and unjustly treated by their state governors and backed by the party in the last three years. It also comprises non-elected APC members, who were treated badly and whom the party never carried along in all its activities.”
He further pointed to the attacks, killings and other challenges facing the nation, saying that those other aggrieved members in RAPC “also included people who have been aggrieved with the President and the ways and manner President Buhari has been running the country, particularly his non-interventionist style on the issues of the party.”
He added: “I belong to that category where I was treated badly and threatened in many ways by a governor, who name-drops the President and also name-drops the party. For things happened to me, which neither the party nor the President never saw as wrong..
“Firstly, the party at the local level pocketed by the governor and incited people against me; threatened with suspension and persecution. Secondly, thugs and violent criminals were used against me, to attack my office. And in both the first and second instances, the party and Presidency never raised an eye of objection. The third aspect of it was that I was linked in a murder case by the governor and government of Kaduna State and neither the party nor the Presidency raised any voice against this kind of thing.”
“The fourth aspect of it is that the governor, in an open rally, in the presence of the Vice President and the then chairman of the party, Oyegun, called for violence against me for denying Kaduna State loan of 350 million dollars, which I believe was not meant for development, but to enslave the people further.”Sani alleged that the governor who would call on people to kill you, and neither the Presidency nor the party ever raised a voice. “How can I stay where I can be killed easily or if I am killed, neither the party nor the President will ever publicly caution the governor? What kind of country our we living in for God’s sake.”
He said “the Governor of Kaduna State has behaved in such a way that he is above that party and the President. The handwritings were on the wall already, by his activities, his utterances, his style of governance- he has made the party so unattractive to all the people in Kaduna State and has the capacity to undermine the victory of the party in the country in 2019.”
“The R-APC became a rallying point for people that are aggrieved with the party and the people are been marginalized. Even, as members we all have different approaches on this issues. There are members that APC from Kebbi State, who are aggrieved and have reached the point that they are leaving the APC. It is different from the Kano situation. It is also different from the Kaduna situation”.
“If you have a Senator and former governor, who cannot visit his state, that is a problem in Kano. If you have a Senator, whom the governor asked the general public to kill him, and there was no word coming from anywhere, you should know that is the extreme. So, R-APC became a convergent point for people that are aggrieved in different grades within the party, and they will have a voice and a rallying point, they will have a platform for which they can express their opinion and views and also be able to express their democratic rights”.
On whether reconciliation efforts by Asiwaju Bola Tinubu Committee has failed in reconciling the various aggrieved members of APC, Sani pointed out that “there were numbers of reconciliation efforts in the party that failed and that of Tinubu.”He said: “Reconciliation effort by Inuwa Abdukadri, Northwest vice chairman of the party, as far as, I am concerned, they came and failed. The governor undermined it. The second was Masari committee, which also failed. And that of Tinubu was deliberately undermined and incapacitated by the last administration of the party”.
On the reasons for the failed reconciliation effort, the Senator countered: “You cannot reconcile party members when your mind-set and a static tradition of this is what I want things to be. You can’t also create an atmosphere of reconciliation when you don’t come to the bargaining table with an open mind.
“So, as far as we are concerned, that we would need the likes of Adams Oshiomhole to come on board and address some of these issues. But, like I am saying, we are at a certain point now, where many of our members have made up their minds to take the next step. But, we are still talking and we are opened to every form of discusion about the way forward. So, the RAPC was a child of necessity in view of the fact that all attempts to bring peace and reconciliation in the party was undermined and sabotaged by those who are controlling the party.”
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