The All Progressives Congress (APC) professional forum, has commended the extension of tenure of Governor Mai Mala Buni led caretaker committee of the party, even as it sought for appointment of members of the forum into boards of government parastatals.
Briefing journalists yesterday at the party headquarters in Abuja, the National Coordinator of the Forum, Hon. Akeem Akintayo, said as party faithfuls, they are appreciative of President Muhammadu Buhari, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, the National Executive Committee (NEC), as well as the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for their wisdom and unity of purpose in piloting the affairs of the party.
He said the party has been piloted from the misdirection and internal wrangling that engulfed it in the recent past to a more purpose-driven one that is ensuring more dialogue, consultation, engagement and reconciliation of aggrieved founding members, as well as attracting new members like the Executive Governor of Ebonyi state, Dave Umahi and other great personalities to the party.
“We have proved that as members of one big family, we can manage our differences for the larger interest of our party and that of Nigerians who voted and depend on our unity, integrity and doggedness as a party and government to continue to provide leadership and solutions to national issues and economic challenges.
“It is indeed therefore not surprising that
the outcome of the recent bye-elections in some part of the country attest to the fact that Nigerians still prefer a united and purpose-driven APC as the best option heading towards 2023.
“While we congratulate the Caretaker/Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee for this feat and their reconciliatory efforts, we will also enjoin the party leadership to continue to ensure fairness and equity in managing the various interest groups and members as we prepare for politics of 2023.
“No interest or ambition should be more or less important than the other. The resolve to continue to deliver the dividends of democracy to Nigerians should be our utmost interest as a political party as we align and re-align our ambitions within the party.
“To members of the Caretaker Committee, the extension of your tenure for another 6months is a clear vote of confidence by NEC in your ability to transition the party to a united and stable one as we elect a new National Working Committee in the coming months”, the Forum said.
In view of the above, the forum called on the party’s leadership to ensure fairness and transparency in the forthcoming registration exercise starting from second week of January 2021.
It urged the leadership of the party to harmonize the interest of both new and old members in their efforts to drive the party for electoral victory in 2023, adding that its members trust that the interim party leaders would be transparent, inclusive, reconciliatory, selfless and diplomatic in the discharge of their new mandate for the next six months.