2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members

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Nigeria’s President Muhammadu Buhari has urged all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to embrace unity for the greater good of the party especially in the incoming 2023 general elections in the country.

The president made call on Saturday during the APC National Convention at Eagle Square, Abuja where election of national officers of the party took place.

Buhari urged the party members to remain resilient despite some misunderstandings in recent times, and support the new leadership of the party.

2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members
Right to left: President Muhammadu Buhari, Vice president Yemi Osinbajo, Senate President Ahmed Lawan,and others during the APC national convention on Saturday

President said: “This Convention is coming at a crucial time when we prepare for another round of a general election. Therefore, the need to remain strong and united for the Party to exploit the rich and abundant potentials at its disposal cannot be overemphasized. We appreciate the right to hold different opinions and aspirations, however, such differences must not be to the detriment of the Party.

“l passionately appeal to you all to support the incoming National Working Committee (NWC) to promote unity and avoid sentiments that are capable of causing disaffection and disunity. For those aspiring for party and public offices, your failure to realize such aspirations for Party offices or to fly the Party’s flag, should not be a basis for a campaign of calumny against the party. We should have the spirit of sportsmanship and always support the party to succeed.”

2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members
New APC National Chairman, Adamu Abdullahi

During the convention, Senator Adamu Abdullahi representing Nasarawa West Senatorial District was elected unopposed as national chairman of the party.

Abdullahi who is a former governor of Nasarawa State, was said to have been solely recommended by President Buhari for the party national chairmanship position, making other contestants to step-down.

According to a statement by Special Adviser to the President on Media & Publicity, Femi Adesina, Buhari enjoined the new National Working Committee (NWC) members of the party to promote internal democracy and equal opportunities and ensure that party primaries are not influenced by “highest bidders” going into the 2023 elections.

He commended the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee under the leadership of Yobe State governor, Mai Mala Buni for steering the ship of the party to the present point with some records of achievements including reconciling aggrieved party members, acquiring a new party secretariat and launching an aggressive membership drive that saw three governors defecting into the APC, among others.

2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members
President Buhari and APC Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Mai Mala Buni during the APC convention on Saturday

The party was said to have recorded 41 million members from about 5 million some years ago. The convention was the fifth in series since the party was created seven years ago.

“I want to congratulate us all for being part of this history-making event and to specially appreciate the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) which has been on a rescue mission under the leadership of His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, the Yobe State Governor, for successfully piloting the affairs of the Party in the last 18 months and organizing this Convention to elect a new National Working Committee that will take over from the Caretaker Committee.

“I am glad the Party under the Caretaker Committee has bounced back to life with the reconciliation of several key and critical stakeholders and groups who had hitherto left the party or were on the verge of leaving the Party. The reconciliation process gave the aggrieved stakeholders a true sense of belonging and assurance.

“It is gratifying that the party recorded massive and unprecedented defections under the Caretaker Committee administration. APC received three sitting Governors, a Deputy Governor, Senators, Members of the House of Representatives and State Assemblies, and other key officials from opposition parties who defected along with millions of their supporters.

“I am impressed to learn that the membership registration and revalidation exercise undertaken by the Caretaker Committee, has recorded over 41 million members. This has proved that we are indeed Nigeria’s leading and largest political party. It also exhibits our numerical strength and the potential to win elections at all given times fairly and squarely.”

The President who adduced reasons for his recent intervention in the affairs of the party, assured that it was not intended to muzzle dissenting voices.

“Recently, l had cause to intervene in the leadership crisis which was about to cause confusion in the Party. Such internal disputes are common in young democracies such as ours, but we must avoid overheating the polity and not allow our differences to tear and frustrate the party.

“Like I said earlier, it does not do anybody or the Party any good, when we, as leaders, go down so low and resort to backstabbing and name-calling in the media.

“We should learn how to resolve our differences without jeopardizing our personal relationships and the fate of the party. I want to thank the Progressives Governors’ Forum for heeding to my advice and suggestions in settling the leadership dispute,” the President said.

Buhari called on all politicians and the electorate to abide by the new Electoral Act “to promote the process of election, enhance transparency, fill in existing gaps and add value to Nigeria’s democracy for our democracy to thrive.”

2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members
2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members.

Returning to the Eagle Square, venue of the convention ground on Sunday morning for inauguration of the new National Executive Committee of the party, the president said the manner in which the exercise was conducted shows that APC will coast to victory in 2023 elections.

“The APC Convention hosted this weekend sets the scene for an APC victory in the presidential and general elections next year. It is a victory over naysayers who believed the party was divided but are now disappointed.

“We believe that it is equally a victory for the president who has ensured unity across all party positions; and it is a victory for the voters of Nigeria who can now be assured of a smooth succession to new leadership in 2023,” Buhari stated.

2023: Buhari Calls For Unity Among APC Members
Crowd during the APC National Convention on Saturday at Eagle Square, Abuja.

Victor Ezeja is a passionate journalist with six years of experience writing on economy, politics and energy. He holds a Masters degree in Mass Communication.


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