A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and Director-General of Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Moh’d Lukman, has raised the need to engage leaders in APC with proposals that will encourage them to recognize and respect the value of building a party bureaucracy.
In a statement issued Wednesday and made available to newsmen in Abuja, Lukman said to achieve this,  this will require the party to undertake some important initiatives, which include:
“1. The need to undertake an audit of what currently exists as the party’s Secretariat, its functions, and personnel. For instance, how is it structured to provide services to the APC as provided by the constitution of the party? Are there supportive rules provided for the operation of the party bureaucracy? How effective have the applications of those rules be? What is required to strengthen the rules guiding the discharge of functions of the Secretariat?
2. How are the personnel of the Secretariat recruited? Are there standard recruitment guidelines, highlighting qualifications requirements? How can the process be strengthened?
3. The third issue is the question of funding. How is the work of the Secretariat funded? Once funding i not guaranteed, it will affect the quality of personnel and also the proposals and recommendations which they make.”
He added that “for us in APC, we must always celebrate the honest disposition of our leaders, on account of which they are able to recognize challenges and take appropriate steps to resolve them.
“In any case, given the request of President Muhammadu Buhari to APC leader as reported on September 13, 2019, following the judgment of the Presidential Election Tribunal affirming the victory of the President in the February 23, 2019 election when he urged fellow party leaders “to institutionalize the party so that when we leave, the party will continue to lead”, as loyal party members, we should be able to appeal to our leaders to respect the wishes of the President by taking all the necessary steps to institutionalize the party, which should be about the development of the party bureaucracy.”
He said that the  “starting point should therefore be to strengthen the commitment of political leaders produced by the APC to consider rational political proposals and recommendations as well as their implementation, once decided.
” As Nigerians, we must wake up to the reality that there cannot be a strong democracy without strong political parties. Once our political leaders are unable to orient themselves to respect and recognize proposals from the party’s bureaucracy, they will be weak in respecting, recognizing, or working with proposals from government bureaucracies when elected to office. There is no shortcut to these issues.”


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