The National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress on Wednesday wrote an open letter to the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (red), urging him to resist the temptation to force a successor to the party.
This is as the NWC has warned that anything short of providing a platform for all 23 presidential candidates will be seen as a ‘democratic threat’ to the party.
Buhari told APC governors during his arrest on Tuesday that he needed their support in choosing a successor.
APC National Chairman, Senator Abdullahi Adamu, was also present at the meeting, which was held at the Council Chambers of the State House, Abuja.
This comes six days before the postponed presidential meeting to be held in Eagles Square on June 6th.
In an open letter signed by the APC’s Deputy National Chairperson (North West), Mallam Salihu Lukman, the NWC revealed that it would be extremely dangerous to adopt the same successive framework that has created the wrong political order in the country.
“The temptation to elect new leaders is extremely dangerous and extremely costly. If in 2013/2014, Your Excellency, unable to submit to the internal democratic process, it is important that your successor also follows the same process.
“Nevertheless, there is a basic need for you to resist temptation to do wrong. I wish we had more time for open debate within our team. Unfortunately, as things stand, we have less than a week to resolve this issue.
“As in the case of December 10, 2014 APC National Convention, everything will be done at this year’s APC National Conference to ensure a platform for all those who still want to run for the presidency of our party. Any recommendations that are contrary to that will be bad and damage the electoral fortunes of our big party, the APC, ”he said.
According to him, the worst thing about the succession process when rulers choose their successors is that it negatively affects the relationship between the successor and the predecessor.
Lukman recalled the unfortunate third-term agenda of former President Olusegun Obasanjo and ultimately ended all his success as a leader, warning that it was important to warn of any revolutionary action that risked unpopularity.
He pointed out that any move that could deprive party members of their right to elect candidates could unite Nigerians against the party.