The All Progressives Congress (APC) has reiterated that it holds elder stateman and party elder, Chief Bisi Akande as well as Asiwaju Bola Tinubu in high esteem.
The party said this in its reaction to the statement by Akande, the pioneer chairman of the APC who on Wednesday faulted the decision to set up a national caretaker committee for the party.
He also questioned the decision of the party leadership to call for a re-validation of the party’s membership register less than ten years after the party was initially formed in 2014.
As earlier reported by Naija News, Akande in his submission while speaking at the APC (2021) membership registration and revalidation exercise in Ila Orangun, Osun State, noted that if not properly managed, handpicking the leadership of any political party might spell danger for such a party.
He added that calling for an update of the membership register less than ten years after the formation of the party is an aberration that should not be taken lightly by the leaders.
Akande submitted that “the second is to say that no population census is repeated within less than a decade and that voters are not re-registered at every election.”
“I see the present APC membership registration within less than a decade after the original register as an indefensible aberration leading to certain ugly perceptions.”
When contacted to respond to the submission by Chief Akande, the Secretary of the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee CECPC of the APC, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe on Wednesday night said it is a no go area and the party will allow it to pass due to the high esteem in which it holds Akande.
“Ah ah, anything that concerns Baba Akande is no go area. For me, I owe Baba Akande and Tinubu a lot of gratitude, honour and respect.
“Mr. President, the Chairman, Governor Mai Mala Buni and the party hold them in high esteem too. Whatever he (Akande) said, we allow it to pass,” the APC scribe was reported by The Nation to have said.
Meanwhile, a former Kano State Governor and current Chairperson of the Senate Committee on INEC, Kabiru Gaya has stated that the North should take a break from the presidency.
This is as he declared that personally, he would support the southern region for the 2023 presidency for the sake of equity.
Gaya made his position known at the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) Forum on Tuesday where he submitted that in the spirit of fairness, the south should produce Nigeria’s next president while the north should produce the vice president.