By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
Director General of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman yesterday said the leadership crisis in ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) has not divided the members of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), saying their approach to the issues may vary according to individual differences.
In a statement he issued Monday in Abuja, Lukman dismissed media reports that the PGF members are divided between the two factions of the APC NEC, hence the crisis has continued to linger over lack of consensus by the Governors on how to resolve the issues.
He said the report that 13 APC governors are backing the Abiola Ajimobi-led National Working Committee, while seven others are opposed to it, is the mere imagination of the author.
“There is nothing like the kind of sensational division being alluded to among Progressive Governors. Progressive Governors are all individually and collectively committed to the development of the party.
“In the context of the current challenges facing the party leadership, Progressive Governors are all working for the quick resolutions of the crisis.
“Although approaches and perspectives of each progressive governor may vary, they have been able to debate and reach some consensus on the problems affecting the party as contained in the resolutions of the emergency teleconference meeting of Saturday, June 13, 2020.
“Part of the resolutions, which was made public include collectively working “to ensure strengthening fair and democratic internal party mechanism for the selection of party candidates in all elections.”
“Strengthening fair and democratic internal party mechanism means that the party will recognise and respect individual position of every leader and member.
“Debates and contestation of positions will be encouraged in the party. Anyone who seek to stifle internal debate within the party is only interested in destroying the vital progressive credential, which the party must have to be able to live up to its commitment of being a social democratic.
“Somehow, vested interests who may have been furtively peddling false allegations against some Progressive Governors for the perspectives they hold about the crisis facing the party, are doing everything possible to impose their fantasies.
“All other perspective outside those fantasies are being criminalised and every attempt is being made to break the ranks of Progressive Governors. This is unfortunate”, he said.
According to Lukman, the reality is that all Progressive Governors are guided by all the resolutions adopted at the June 13, 2020 meeting, adding that those trying to create imaginary divisions are enemies of the party and clearly not interested in contributing in any way to bringing about an end to the crisis facing the party.
Speaking further, Lukman said “as part of the schema of dividing the ranks of Progressive Governors, fictitious support for and against HE Sen. Abiola Ajimobi are being raised. For the avoidance of doubt, HE Sen. Ajimobi is a respected founding member of the Forum.
“Any day and anytime, HE Sen. Ajimobi will enjoy the fraternal support of all Progressive Governors. However, given the current leadership challenges, it is not about support for or against sections of the NWC as is being projected.
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“It is more about ensuring that the NWC function as a united organ of the party based on which it is able to make provisions of the APC constitution functional.