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Saturday, January 25, 2014

APC CRISIS: We Have Lost Confidence - Founding Members

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Two aggrieved founding members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Ibrahim Shekarau and Attahiru Bafarawa have declared that they no longer have confidence in the leadership of the party.
Both chieftains are former governors of Kano and Sokoto States respectively.
The duo bared their minds on Friday, shortly after a closed-door meeting held at the residence of Attahiru Bafarawa in Sokoto.
Speaking to journalists, Shekarau opined that 90 per cent of global crises was caused by loss of confidence in leadership, wondering why no one has proof of APC membership, six months after it was registered.
According to him, the situation is contrary to the agreement plan of the original 89 members that registration would begin three months APC becomes a party.
On recent consultation across the country by some members of the merging 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.”
Continuing, “Kano, Sokoto, Kwara, Adamawa and other states have written to the national leadership of the party concerning the injustices in the party, 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 steps to address our grievances.”
“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 initially refused to give a straight response, but later stated that there were no plans to leave the party as speculated in some quarters.
He also denied working for political opponents, saying that, “We are not bothered by any accusation. when you challenge a leadership, you will be accused of working for somebody. But, we are more than being a stooge.”
Source: Daily Post