The ruling All Progressives Congress APC Tuesday in Abuja asked any of its aggrieved members who no longer feel comfortable with its style of operations and political engagements to feel free to exit and join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
The party was formally reacting to issues raised by its Deputy National Chairman, North, Sen. Lawali Shuaibu particularly as they relate to the fortunes of the party under its National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu in a statement said the next three years are very important as the APC under the leadership of Comrade Oshiomhole will continue to strengthen compliance with the rules, build support structures for democracy, ensures discipline across board, and deliver good governance for the benefits of all Nigerians.
We expect members who have different agenda to join their kind in PDP. We will welcome with open arms, those who share our progressive ideals, so that by 2022, we will have a party whose members are truly progressives”, he advised.
This was as the party berated its immediate National Chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun for also responding to attacks launched against him by some pro-Oshiomhole state chairmen of the party from the south south.
The statement noted that in the aftermath of the recently-conducted 2015 General Elections, the APC has witnessed disputations among some party leaders on account of post-primary issues and some losses recorded in some states — through the ballots or courts.
According to Issa-Onilu, if Oyo, Imo, Bauchi, Adamawa, and Zamfara States were taken one by one, it will be discovered that there were peculiar issues in the respective states that accounted for how the APC lost them rather than the voters preferring the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
“I would put the painful outcomes broadly under two reasons. One is indiscipline on the part of some members of our party in most of the states. The second reason is that the party leadership did not do much between 2015 and 2018 to move the party from being an amalgam of different political parties to become a truly blended progressive political party”, Issa-Onilu stated.