APC Group urges Tinubu to stop mass member defections

APC presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

Sept. 14 (THEWILL) – Former All Progressive Congress (APC) aspirants under the APC360 umbrella, have called on the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Ahmed Tinubu, to take urgent action to prevent the “dangerous” trend of defection or risk seeing the party defeated in the 2023 elections.

Defections from the APC have been reported in some states since the conclusion of the party’s primaries. While at least eight senators had dropped out of the party, including Senate majority and minority leaders, 25 House of Representatives lawmakers also defected.

Party state chapters in Gombe, Katsina, Sokoto, Adamawa, Bauchi, Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Ogun, Edo among others are reportedly collapsing due to mass defections.

More than a dozen state chapters are also in the throes of crisis over fears the party cannot forge a strong unity to mount a successful election campaign.

Therefore, all the aspirants, who contested various elected positions in the party primaries of the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, gathered in Abuja on Tuesday, where they sounded the alarm of an alleged imminent danger in the left.

APC360 national secretary Chris Enoch, in a statement after the meeting, said APC supporters were deeply concerned that the party hierarchy had yet to stop the situation.

Enoch said the development “is also dangerous and harmful to the health and wealth of our great party, especially as we prepare for a national election.

“We, as members of the only pressure group who have invested in this great party through direct buy-in to expressions of interest and nomination forms etc. are concerned because we believe that the massive decamping that is surreptitiously being carried out, is planned and calculated to thwart Tinubu’s victory in the upcoming general election by those with accounts to settle with the party or who hold grudges, and at this end, work against the party.

“Some of these defection cases are sponsored by powerful members who feel dissatisfied with the mood and the way the party has treated them with the conduct of the primaries, while others have arisen out of the allegation that the party hierarchy abandoned them and relegated them to the background after the victory, without recognizing or rewarding them for their enormous efforts and strong commitment to the party before the victory.

“We, as party stakeholders, can no longer sit on our hips and pretend that all is well, while a large number of important members, especially the aspirants in the 2013, 2015 and 2022 primaries, decamp to strengthen the opposition parties which give them attentive ears. .”

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