A former vice president and chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, has advised the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun to immediately retrace his steps for the overall benefit of the party.
He disclosed this on Wednesday via a statement by his media office in Abuja.
Mr. Atiku was reacting to a call by another chieftain of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, on Mr. Oyegun to resign.
The APC national chairman ran into troubled waters with Tinubu, who is the national leader of the party, following his handling of the party’s governorship primary in Ondo State.
The party chair was accused of discarding the report of the APC Appeal Committee, which recommended the nullification of the primary that produced Rotimi Akeredolu (SAN) as the party’s candidate in the coming gubernatorial election.
Atiku said “It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached, aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division”.
The Turaki Adamawa also noted that pretending a problem doesn’t exist won’t make that problem go away, and therefore, advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching and address why this problem arose and escalated.
According to the former vice president, “it is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus”, adding that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems”.
“Since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the gubernatorial primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices”.
He tasked “the APC on the promotion of rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs noting that they are germane to the unity and stability of the party”.
Mr. Atiku further advised the aggrieved members of the party in Ondo state “to exercise restraint in seeking redress to the crisis, while also urging the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party”.