GRUMBLINGS IN APC: Buhari Petitioned Over NWC’s handling Of Party Affairs
THERE are strong indications that the crack in the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) is getting deeper as some national officers of the party have expressed their resentment over the handling of the affairs of the party by the National Working Committee (NWC) of the party.
The resentment of the officials was contained in a letter tagged, ‘Save our party’ and made available to our correspondent via electronic mail.
The letter was signed by the national ex-officio and coordinator of the forum, Hon. Omolaoye Akintola.
The forum in the letter copied the national chairman of the party, Chief John Oyegun, Chief Bisi Akande, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, Governor Yari Abubakar, chairman Nigeria Governors Forum, Governor Rochas Okorocha, Chief Audu Ogbeh among others.
In the letter dated April 6, 2017 and addressed to President Muhammadu Buhari, the affected national officers in particular non-NWC (NEC) forum in the party described the handling of the affairs of the party as worrisome, undemocratic and discouraging.
They expressed dissatisfaction on how the NWC handled the affairs of the party without recourse to the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the party.
The national officers further faulted the exclusion of sizeable number of federating states from the scheme of things within the party, saying many states were at present not represented in the NWC.
They called on Buhari to take interest in the affairs of the party before it was too late.
Part of the letter read in part, “We therefore deemed it necessary putting this letter across to Your Excellency, President Buhari for your timely actions to save our great party from preventable, avoidable and unnecessary intra-party/in-house cracks that the present situation might generate.
“We wish to state that should things be allowed to continue in this manner it will affect the party in the future and give room to NWC to completely neglect other NEC members in the forthcoming appointments into the boss and Parastatals of government that were aimed to empower and keep the welfare of the party officials and others committed members at various levels.
“It is a notorious fact that we all worked hard towards the success of our party during elections and we are still doing the best we can (though no motivation) to sustain the tempo, we therefore called for equal and adequate reward by way of appointments as chairmen and members of board and parastatals.
“We also submit that the welfare of other members be given priority as once opined and observed by the President where he observed during our last NEC meeting that the welfare of party officials is paramount because of the sacrifice they made and the risk in not doing so.”