Why APC Factions Must Find Common Ground

Why APC Factions Must Find Common Ground
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Almost nine years after the All Progressives Congress, APC, was formed in a merger with the Action Congress of Nigeria, CAN; the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC; and the All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP; the union is increasingly becoming somewhat like a marriage of strange bed fellows. This is instead of consolidating on packaging to right the perceived wrongs of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, it took power from in the 2015 general elections.

Prior to the APC’s rise to stardom, it often accused the ruling PDP of maladministration godfatherism as well as other sundry anomalies. The APC’s slogan was one that heralded true democracy, as government for the people with President Muhammadu Buhari leading the vanguard for a better Nigeria.


The return to civil rule in the country was 16 years old when power changed hands. Sadly after six years of APC in government, many are forced to wonder if the change was just between two different political parties with different ideologies or two parties differentiated only in their name.

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To many, it feels too much like all talk no action in the sense that most of the perceived ills of the PDP are regular features in today’s APC.

In recent times, the country’s media outlets have been dominated with unpalatable news of power tussle within the ruling power.

As a result of spiraling acrimony in the APC crisis, it has been having a hectic time as time ticks ahead of its National Convention slated for February which seems to be hanging in the balance. From the national, states, local governments, wards and units levels, the APC members are engulfed in rancorous pursuit for power.  

It would be recalled that the chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, and Yobe State Governor, Mai Mala Buni, came to being as a stop gap approach by the leaders following the removal of the party’s erstwhile national chairman and one time Governor of Edo State and former super president of the Nigerian Labour Congress, NLC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.

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It is pertinent to note that since the Buni led CECPC came on board it has been enmeshed in an array of crisis. But like the proverbial cat with nine lives it is surviving the odds against it.

However, daily occurrences in the APC can be described as a reflection of the systemic problem of Nigeria’s political system as what the public are made to understand does not reflect the position of things as events the unfold.

It seems the problem might truly not be either one of ideologies of the party but one of gross systemic disorder regardless of who is at the helm of affairs.

At this juncture, we as a matter of patriotism and the need to contribute our quota towards deepening democratic values in the country, we call on warring factions in the party to seek redress with a view to reexamining what brought them together at first, and then carry out genuine reconciliation in the interest of the nation. Because any democratic gain achieved by the party will invariably have a multiplier effect on future generations and on Nigerians.

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Furthermore, we urge the warring factions in the APC and other political parties alike to as matter of utmost importance, sheath their swords and toe the line of building a strong democratic culture that can be leveraged on to attain the goals of the nation’s founding fathers.


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