A former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kaduna State, Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, said President Muhammadu Buhari must intervene to fix the crisis in the party and save it from disintegration.
Mr. Baba-Ahmed made the appeal in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna on Sunday.
According to him, the problems affecting the party have been left to linger for too long and must be settled in the next few months, if the party hopes to retain power in 2019. Even if you can forgive some of the crisis and blame it on in experience, you cannot forgive the fact that we have tolerated this crisis for too long. They have persisted, and that is not something we should excuse, we should not also excuse the existence of massive problems in states and at the national level.
“Those who have the responsibility of fixing the APC as a political platform are not fixing it. It is what we are seeing now; a large number of powerful people within APC are walking away from it, thinking that it is beyond redemption. That is unfortunate and I think it is a major setback for the party. The APC must reinvent itself and rediscover its mission to lead this country, not through a one term presidency or governance, but to actually build a different Nigeria that will meet the yearnings of our children and beyond.”
Mr. Baba-Ahmed stressed that the internal crisis had also affected governance, thereby, making it imperative for the President to quickly intervene and resolve all contending issues within the party. Of course when a party is in a problem like this, a number of things happen; governance suffers because you are constantly having your attention diverted by the party’s problems.
“Secondly, in political terms, four years of an administration is only like two years or two and half years. In a year’s time, we will not be talking about governing this country, we will be talking about campaign for 2019.
“And if this party doesn’t fix itself at the national level, doesn’t fix all the problems it has in the states, it is unlikely to come back to Nigerians with the confidence it came to us in 2014 /2015, to say give us another mandate. If we are not careful the only thing of value and credibility that we can say to Nigerians that is still relatively intact in the APC will be President Buhari.
“And President Buhari more than anybody else, knows that his personality and character alone cannot win him an election. He needs a political platform that can mobilize people to support him, and right now, that political platform is disintegrating.
“He needs to do something about it, he needs to allow the party to work together, he needs to ask a lot of people to fix the problems of the party. Baba-Ahmed expressed the belief that the problems of the APC were surmountable if the leadership work hard to fix all the underlying issues.
“I am not one of the people who thinks the future is outside APC, I believe that APC can be salvaged. However, I am not complacent to say it can just be fixed like that, a lot of hardwork has to go into it, a lot of sacrifices must be made. What I think is useful is that, in the next three to six months a lot of people that we suspect are already packing their things to get out of APC, would do so.
“That would give the party an opportunity to know who is left, and then we can just go back to rediscovering the essence of the APC and then possibly to re-engineer the party with the popular base. We will need to apologise to people for mistakes made and reassure them that the first four years of the Buhari administration may not have met all the expectations of the people, but if they give our party another chance for the nextfour years, we will be able to fix this country, insha Allah.”