The All Progressives Congress (APC) has described reports that its National Working Committee (NWC) is currently spilt into factions as an exaggeration.
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The party made the rebuttal in a statement issued by Lanre Issa-Onilu, its National Publicity Secretary on Monday, in reaction to media reports of a new individual taking control of the party secretariat in Abuja.
There has been a crisis in the ruling party following the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman by a Federal Capital Territory (FCT) High Court in Abuja last Wednesday.
Victor Giadom, the APC Deputy National Secretary, assumed duties as the party’s acting National Secretary on Monday and also convened a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the party.
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But according to Issa-Onilu, the nature of crisis of the party being repeatedly reported in a section of the media is untrue.
The APC spokesperson noted that arguments and disagreements are an essential feature of party politics, but insisted that the law make take its course.
The statement read: “In a political organisation such as the APC, contestations are not unusual and are not necessarily intractable. The issues being alluded to in the media reports are matters before the courts and should be allowed to run their normal and legal course. The exaggerated story foreboding armageddon is far-fetched.
“We call on members of the National Working Committee (NWC) and the Party’s secretariat staff to resume at their offices and continue carrying out their scheduled roles and responsibilities without any fear.”
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Issa-Onilu thanked Mohammed Abubakar, the Inspector General of Police, and the Department of State Services “for their professionalism in the process of maintaining the peace and preventing hoodlums from fomenting trouble at the APC National Secretariat”.
“We assure all our members in Nigeria and across the world that our leaders are capable of resolving any contestations that may arise bearing in mind the best interests of our great party and in the pursuit of progress and development of our country,” the statement added.