In a statement issued by Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu on behalf of the Organising Committee, the book is a contribution to APC’s quest to bolster its democratic credentials towards engendering political stability, best practice, and good governance in Nigeria.
According to Onilu, the book captures the distinctive progressive ethos and political worldview of APC as a bastion for national renaissance exemplified by patriotism and adherence to the rules of political engagements, and moral rectitude.
He said, “There is no better time to put this book together as APC grapples with the nitty-gritty of formative challenges. This is coming at a period when APC leaders availed members of the Nigerian progressive family
the opportunity to relaunch the party more surefootedly as Nigeria’s best vehicle to save Nigeria from the nagging socio-political uncertainties.
“The book contains submissions that speak directly to the existential challenges the APC is facing; it illustrates the collective desire for enduring and firmly rooted democratic practices anchored on the overarching requirement for unity of all party leaders; it examines the hurdles that the APC is facing in its nascent democratic journey and cut open the underbelly of the numerous drawbacks in the leadership that it currently offer the nation through the political instruments it is deploying as a party.
“This book is an essential intervention at this critical turn as APC leaders and members embark on the important task of putting in place new leadership structures at all levels and in underlying what the future bodes for the party in terms of laying a solid foundation for healthy contestations among varying interests and political players.
“APC’s Litmus Tests is therefore, more than just a book. It is more of a workbook, standing at the intersection between the difficult past and the promising future. Its main agenda is to assist APC leaders and, indeed, all stakeholders in negotiating the next bend.
“His Excellency President Muhammadu Buhari GCFR will be the Special Guest of Honour. The Vice President Prof. Yemi Osibanjo GCON will be the Chief Guest of Honour and Chairman of occasion.
“His Excellency, Mai Mala Buni, APC Chairman, will be the host. His Excellency Ahmed Lawan Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, Secretary to Government of the Federation Mr. Boss Mustapha, Progressive Governors led by His Excellency, Abubakar Atiku Bagudu, Ministers, APC Senators and members of the House of the Party, members of the House of Representatives will be the Guests of Honour.
“APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu will be the Father of the day. Her Excellency, Ambassador Fatima Balla will be the Mother of the day. Prof. Adebayo O. Olukoshi, Professor of Politics and Director for Africa and Asia will present the Keynote Address. The book will be reviewed by His Excellency, Hope Uzodinma, Governor of Imo State and His Excellency, Nasir El-Rufai, Governor of Kaduna State.”