Unic Press UK: Some of the leaders of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have met with President Muhmmadu Buhari over the crisis in the party, especially the massive defection of their members to other opposition political parties.
Speaking to journalists’ Wednesday after the APC party leaders met with Buhari, the APC Chairman Adam Oshiomhole, in a statement which appears to be vicariously directed at the Senate President Bukola Saraki for defecting to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and yet retaining his position as Senate President, said:
“. . . We can decamp from the party but we can’t decamp from Nigeria. The only thing is that there are other consequential issues that every man or woman of honour who had taken such a decision would be expected to follow through. I mean you should not collect a crown that belongs to a family and wear it on behalf of the family; if for your personal reasons, which he has enumerated that he has gone to another family, it is just a matter of honour to leave the crown in the house that the crown belongs to,” the Premium Times, Nigeria, reports.
In a press statement Tuesday on his decision to resign membership of the APC, the Senate President Bukola Saraki had accused the APC and the Buhari administration of exclusion, persecution, and failing to promote peace, reconciliation and inclusion. Saraki said:
“All governance principles which were required for a healthy functioning of the party and the government were deliberately violated or undermined. And all entreaties for justice, equity and fairness as basic preconditions for peace and unity, not only within the party, but also the country at large, were simply ignored, or employed as an additional pretext for further exclusion”.
The crisis in the APC is yet to show any signs of abating. Within the last few weeks, fourteen Senators, the Senate President, three state governors’ Samuel Ortom (Benue), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aminu Tambuwal (Sokoto), thirty-seven House of Representatives members and even Buhari hitherto die-hard supporter Buba Galadima and several other high profile persons have decamped from the APC to other opposition political parties.