The Kwara State Chairman elect of the All Progressives Party, APC, Prince Sunday Fagbemi have been receiving the support and recognition of national leaders of the party, ahead of his official inauguration.
This development is a fallout of the recent visits to the national leader of APC, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu in Abuja and that of the first interim national Chairman of the party, Chief Bisi Akande at his country home, in Ila Orangun.
Fagbemi had in the last week visited the leaders of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande on the need to appease the aggrieved members towards enhancing the membership strength and stability of the party.
The leaders, at separate meetings with Fagbemi and his team have endorsed his Chairmanship, commending him on his reconciliatory moves and promising to assist him in appeasing the warring groups in the interest of the party.
“The leaders advised that all waring factions must come together in order to preserve their hard earned victory after many years of misrule in the state, emphasizing on the need to carry all warring factions along,” Fagbemi stated.
Yekini Nabena Caution APC Presidential Aspirants Over Hate Speech
Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress, Yekini Nabena, has cautioned supporters of various presidential aspirants to avoid hate speech and slurs demarketing whoever emerges as the party’s flagbearer.
This is as he urged party members to embrace issue-based campaigns rather than attack each other saying “it is too early to be unnecessarily emotive.”
Nabena’s warning is contained in a statement he signed on Monday where he noted that negative comments pelted at party members could be weaponised by the opposition.
He said aspirants and their various supporters should see themselves as one and play up the advantages of the APC.
“My appeal is for all our members to embrace issues-based campaign strategies in selling whoever they feel should succeed our dear President Muhammadu Buhari in 2023. There is no need to be unnecessarily emotive about it.
“I believe that all our presidential aspirants are well qualified to pick the ticket. It is a fact that participatory democracy gives room for choices even within the same political party as it is a practice in the APC.
“We should therefore engage constructively without demonising ourselves bearing in mind that whatever we say against each other now will later be capitalized on by other political parties during the general elections,” he said.
According to him, whoever emerges as the party presidential candidate during the primaries must extend the olive branch to others because the party cannot be divided if it must win an election.
Nabena also expressed the belief that the party would give a level-playing field to all aspirants during the primary and support whoever emerges as the candidate of the party.
He tasked party members who were already attacking aspirants against their principals to embrace civility.
“It is also important not to distract both the party and some of our aspirants who are still holding one position of responsibility or the other. We should not deny Nigerians dividends of democracy we promised by unnecessarily heating up the polity,” he said.
Just In: PGF Director-General Resigns Over Convention Controversy
The director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has resigned from his position.
It was gathered that his resignation is coming on the heels of the controversy surrounding the planned convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Some of the governors of the ruling party had called for his resignation during a meeting at the federal capital territory (FCT) on Sunday night.
Electoral Bill: Governors not against direct primaries ― Gov Sule
The Governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Sule, Sunday, said the 36 State Governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged by some Nigerians.
Sule stated this during a panel discussion at a town hall meeting being organized by Yiaga Africa on the passage of the Electoral Bill.
He also pointed that the governors are not afraid of direct primaries as being alleged.
o, the former Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Prof Attahiru Jega, said the Electoral Bill if passed into law will add value to the electoral process.
However, Jega accused governors of manipulating indirect primaries as they have been doing and might do same with direct primaries.
He also called on NASS to give INEC the law to operate 2023 elections.
According to him, INEC made 31 recommendations to the amend the 2010 Electoral Act to conduct credible elections, but NASS only approved 25 of the recommendations.
He maintained that governors will still manipulate the electoral process even if direct primaries are conducted.
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