By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has lamented that it has been very slow in getting Nigerian leaders at all levels, irrespective of their socio-political differences to appreciate and accept to work together with the party to resolve the insecurity in the country.
In a new year message issued yesterday by the caretaker committee chairman of the party, Mai Mala Buni and the national secretary of the caretaker committee, Akpan Udoedehe, APC expressed hope that however that the party is surely gradually getting there in terms of resolving the insecurity in the country.
“As a party, we are proud that our elected representatives in government are able to put Nigeria among countries of the world that successfully control the spread of the virus. While commending the effort of our elected representatives, as a nation, we must not rest on our oars.
“Everything must be done to improve the capacity of our health institutions to deliver world-class health services to Nigerians.
“We also must recognise that, largely on account of difficult economic circumstances occasioned by decline in economic activities, our national security challenges got escalated.
“Our government is taking all the measures necessary to resolve the challenges. As a party, we are very conscious of the enormity the problem and we are convinced that Nigerians, across all divide, must unite and work together to bring about lasting solutions.
“Although, very slow in getting Nigerian leaders at all levels, irrespective of our differences to appreciate and accept to work together, we are surely gradually getting there”, statement from the party said.
While expressing confidence that the APC government will defeat the insecurity across the country, the party said “If anything, recent events have demonstrated the efficacy of how successful we can be in overcoming our security challenges. We are very assured that under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari, Nigeria will come out of all our current challenges stronger and united.
“As a party, our Motto is JUSTICE, PEACE AND UNITY and our Slogan is CHANGE. Our elected representatives in government will continue to do their best and work for justice, peace and unity in every part of Nigeria. We will, at all times recognise our challenges and work to resolve them.
“This means, we will constantly take steps to rebuild and reorient ourselves to be able to develop the capacity and competence to serve Nigerians. Ability to rebuild ourselves require that we are able to make changes internally in our party.
“This is what we have decided since the decision of our National Executive Committee (NEC) of June 25, 2020. As a Caretaker Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee, our mandate is clearly to lay a solid foundation for our party to rebuild itself.
“Part of it, which was unambiguously defined by the NEC resolutions of June 25, 2020 was to broker internal reconciliation and reconstitute our leadership. This was further affirmed by the NEC of December 8, 2020 and strengthened to cover the provision of credible and verifiable membership register for the party.”
It assured to expedite internal process of reconciliation and harmoniously resolve all pending leadership disagreements in the party before it National Convention, adding that already, the process of membership registration/revalidation has commenced.
According to the statement, “Everything is being done to ensure that our party membership will be updated regularly, and membership registration will be a continuous exercise. Nobody will be disenfranchised. We therefore appeal to all our members and leaders at all levels to cooperate with the members of the registration/revalidation teams that will work all over the country to conduct the exercise.
“Our party’s membership registration/revalidation will be followed by activities for the party’s leadership reconstitution at all levels, from Ward, Local Government, States to National. Ahead of all that, the Caretaker Committee will release a detailed timetable for all activities very soon.
“And ahead of the Congresses and National Convention, competent party leaders will be invited to serve in Committees to ensure that the mandate of NEC is achieved before June 30, 2021. Our congresses and National Convention will democratic and transparent. Our goal, in line with our founding vision is to return our party to the membership.
“As a party, we want to assure all our members that our commitment to lead the process of political change in Nigeria is unwavering. Our ability to constantly strengthen the structures of our party is part of our change credentials.
“Other important requirements, which will include the review of our rules and other operational requirements, which are needed to make our party and our elected representatives more accountable to Nigerians will be considered and all the necessary steps required will be taken.
“A democracy is as strong as the political parties it produces. We are rebuilding our party, APC, to strengthen our democracy.”