Secretary to the National Caretaker Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, John-James Akpanudoedehe, has stated that the conventional system of one strong man in politics is no longer fashionable in APC, under the chairmanship of governor Mai-Mala Buni.
Akpanudoedehe made the statement Friday in Abuja at the 2020 Annual Conference of APC press corps themed: Contestation, A veritable process in deepening democracy norms, values and culture: The APC story.
He stressed that the APC under the leadership of the Buni Committee is rather interested in seeking solutions to identified problems and has initiated certain fundamental interventions to remedy intra-party conflicts.
According to him, these remedies, include: “The membership Registration, Revalidation, and update aim at giving the party back to the people, adding that when the people are involved in a transparent selection process, they will be more interested in the process and this will cure voters’ apathy and unnecessary dissension in the polity.
“The APC understands that persons must be given platforms to ventilate their grievances within the party. Exhaustive internal mechanisms are being created within the party to handle grievances before it snowballs into cracks within the party.
“Reconciliation Committees are there with persons of high integrity to intervene and intercede on issues within the party. For instance, a few days ago, the South-South APC CAUCUS set up a high-powered Committee with H.E Chief John Odigie-Oyegun as its Chairman. It is my opinion, that if members are discouraged from going to courts, there must be avenues to air out their grievances,” he said.
Akpanudoedehe noted that disagreements within members of the same political party are basically witnessed during the leadership selection processes, whether for party offices(congresses) or during nomination processes for candidates or flag-bearers.
He said: “Where an aspirant loses in a free and fair contest, he is more inclined to accept the outcome of the contest, however where the process is flawed, the entire process becomes undermined and this leads to endless litigations between members of the same party and this affects the development of democracy.”
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