Critical Times News : APC CRISIS: Mass defection looms as factions threatens to dump party, says parallel congresses a national disgrace

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APC CRISIS: Mass defection looms as factions threatens to dump party, says parallel congresses a national disgrace

There were strong indications on Sunday that the crises that characterised congresses of the All Progressives Congress in some states on Saturday could lead to a mass defection by some aggrieved members from the party.

The PUNCH gathered that the APC National Working Committee would this week start reviewing results of the congresses with a view to resolving crises that could lead to the defection of its members.

Violence marred the exercise in some states, with Lagos, Kwara, Delta, Rivers, Ondo, Enugu, Kogi , Bayelsa , Oyo and Ebonyi recording parallel congresses.

A leader of the party, who confided in The PUNCH, said the present NWC and its successor would have to find a way of reconciling opposing groups in the affected states to prevent defection.

But spokesman for the APC, Mr. Bolaji Abdullahi, in an interview on Saturday, said that there were no parallel congresses. He stated the only recognised congresses were the ones organised by the committees set up by the NWC.

Katsina APC faction threatens to dump party

However, the parallel congresses have started taking their toll on the party. In Kastina State, President Muhammadu Buhari’s state, a group of governorship aspirants, under the aegis of APC Aqida (ideology), threatened to dump the party.

The aggrieved party members, including Senator Mohammed.T. Liman, Dr. Usman Bugaje and Alhaji Saidu Ilu, described the congresses held in Katsina on Saturday, as “despicable and outrageous.”

The three party leaders issued the threat in a press statement they jointly signed and made available to reporters, in Abuja, on Sunday.

The group stated, “We must finally make the important point that as citizens, we have options and will not remain in a party which has chosen to ignore all appeals to ensure decorum and due processes.”

It stated that the APC congress was a national disgrace to the citizens of the country, both at home and abroad.

It said, “Many lives were lost and many more were maimed in an exercise that is supposed to elect leaders of a party that claimed, to not only bring change, but pledged that change begins with it.

“In Katsina State, which is the primary constituency of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a President that has been sold to many as an embodiment of honesty and integrity, forms were not sold to many who wanted to contest.”

He stated, “Actually, what happened in Katsina during this last congress is a confirmation of all our fears that democracy, when taken over by a group of people who have lost their conscience and sense of shame, can only be scandalised and the party dragged into disrepute making it look worse than the very party the APC loved to condemn.”

The group further said that it complained to the national headquarters to no avail.

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