Salihu Lukman, Director-General of Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), has said Mai Mala Buni, Chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of the All Progressives Congress (APC), is committing the same mistakes made by Adams Oshiomhole, a former APC national chairman.
In a statement on Monday, Lukman said the failure of Oshiomhole to regularly convene National Working Committee (NWC) meetings led to his downfall as chairman, noting that Buni, who is the Governor of Yobe State, is following in that direction.
The NWC led by Oshiomhole was dissolved in June 2020 following a protracted leadership crisis, with the party’s highest organ, the National Executive Committee (NEC), replacing the NWC with a caretaker committee led by Buni, who was the party’s National Secretary before his election as Yobe State Governor.
Lukman insisted that the Buni-led caretaker committee has refused to cover itself in glory, saying that it has been unable to distinguish itself from the dissolved NWC and has failed to resolve some of the lingering issues left unattended to by the previous administration of the party.
The statement read: “With an initial tenure of six months, which was extended by another emergency NEC of December 8, 2020, to June 2021, the work of the caretaker committee is expected to end with a national convention, where another leadership should emerge to manage affairs of the party for another four years,” the director-general said.
“All party members and leaders should ensure that the caretaker committee is able to complete the task of organising a national convention where new leaders of the party will be elected.
“The first test, therefore, is whether the challenges leading to the dissolution of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC are being resolved by the caretaker committee. To what extent is the resolution of challenges facing the party conforming to both democratic principles and progressive ideals?
“Democratic principles and progressive ideals are not mutually exclusive and could be achieved through guaranteeing that meetings of organs are taking place as provided in the constitution of the party.
“Absence of meetings of organs partly contributed to most of the disaffections in the party during the tenure of the Comrade Oshiomhole-led NWC.
“To what extent has the APC caretaker committee distinguished itself from the old characteristics of managing the affairs of the party without meetings of organs as provided in the party’s constitution?”
Lukman also faulted the party’s membership revalidation exercise, describing it as “analogue” as the party, according to him, failed to infuse modern technology into the registration process.
The statement read: “Given that the party’s membership registration/revalidation exercise was done based on the old analogue method without applying modern virtual technology, what is the guarantee that the process of leadership reformation in the party, from ward congresses up to national convention, will be done based on the new register,” he said.
“Will all members of the party be able to participate in the process of electing leaders of the party at all levels?”