Director-General of Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, Dr Salihu Lukman, has described as worrisome a statement credited to the former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Nigerian Electricity Regulatory Commission and law lecturer, Dr Sam Amadi on lack of values and ideology in the All Progressives Congress, APC.

According to Lukman, following the report about the controversial attempt by Mr Femi Fani-Kayode to join the APC and the insistence by many APC members and leaders that Mr Fani-Kayode is not welcome to join APC because he doesn’t have the values required to be a member, Dr Sam Amadi, had argued that ‘APC has no defined values or defining values. APC is a normless contraption, like Nigeria.’

In the same vein, the PGF boss referred to another comment credited to somebody on the platform of Prof. Toyin Falola facilitated USA Africa Dialogue Series, who asked the questions, ‘Are the parties (APC and PDP) anything more than instruments for capturing power? Do they have any significant ideological values? Are their members not the same people who have crisscrossed parties in the name of where to gain power?’

While reacting, Dr Lukman said the fact that members were able to reject Fani-Kayode’s attempt to join the party meant the APC has values.
“Again, we are as a party debating the issue of who should join our party or not represent the qualitative difference between the APC and PDP. If it were PDP, once the National Chairman of the party act on a matter and backed by a serving governor, members can only grumble.
In a statement released Friday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, the PGF DG chided Amadi for his comment saying, it is quite worrisome that enlightened people like him could utter such kind of statement about Nigerian politics is a ‘contraption like Nigeria’.

He said, “The issue of Mr Fani-Kayode’s drifted attempt to join the APC is a clear instance of attempts to manipulate some of our leaders into accepting membership of someone who ought not to have been considered a member of our party. If that was the case in the past, it is better late than never to correct such a mistake.

“As party members, we were able to rise up to the challenge of engaging our leaders. Fortunately, we are able to gain the respect of our leaders and surely, moving forward, issues of who qualifies to be a member of our party will be clarified unambiguously. Maybe this could challenge the PDP and other parties in Nigeria to begin to address issues related to their failings.”



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