President Muhammadu Buhari has expressed fear that the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may collapse after completion of his second term if they fail to close their ranks before the 2023 elections.
Buhari in a statement on Friday by the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, gave this warning National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting in Abuja.
He also declared that he would not seek for a third term in office, having sworn to uphold the Constitution, which provides for two terms.
The President equally charged all APC members, leaders and elected officials to reposition themselves in their respective constituencies so as to sustain the administration’s landmark legacies beyond 2023.
He said: “History would not be fair to members if the APC collapses after his second term. History will be fair to the APC if the Party remains strong and not only hold the centre but make gains.
“All APC members were also admonished to read the party’s constitution and abide by the provisions in it and ensure that they do not take the trust of their constituents for granted.”
Buhari further tasked the nation’s elite to search their conscience whether they have been fair to the people, having watched in silence the frittering of the country’s resources during the 16-years inglorious reign of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The assured that the APC-led Federal Government would not relent in providing the enabling environment for Nigerians to thrive by continuously investing massively in the country’s infrastructural renewal in the road, rail and power sectors.
Issa-Onilu in the statement also disclosed that the party NEC has adopted the recommendation of the National Caucus that President Buhari as Leader of the Party, constitutes a National Reconciliation Committee.
He said the Standing Committee will be empowered to address grieviances of party members and resolve existing conflicts, all with a view to fostering unity and oneness within the party.
According to him, this decision was one of the highlights of the APC NEC meeting held on Friday at the Party’s National Secretariat.
He stated that the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole gave a scorecard of the Party’s performances after the 2019 elections which saw the party win the presidential election, majority governorship elections and National/State Assembly seats.
Oshiomhole also congratulated members on the Party’s victory during the recent governorship election in Bayelsa and Kogi states.