The All Progressives Congress (APC), has recently been rocked by internal crisis following the emergence of the principal officers of the 8th Assembly against the wishes of the party. To this effect, leaders of the APC have called for a meeting of the party stakeholders on Tuesday, June 16, 2015 in an attempt at resolving issues within the party.
The election of Senator Bukola Saraki as the Senate President and Hon. Yakubu Dogara as the Speaker of the House of Reps saw vehement opposition from the APC as they were not the ‘choice’ of the party. Leadership of the party had threatened to sanction them via appropriate party rules for deriding the decision of the party.
Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State while speaking with newsmen in Lafia on Sunday, June 14, 2015, said that a meeting to try and find a lasting solution to the APC crisis had been fixed.
“Already, we, the party leaders, caucus and BoT, have been invited for the meeting, which I believe is a way forward in finding a lasting solution to the problem.
“I am optimistic that after the meeting, the party will come out stronger and united than ever. We consider Bukola Saraki, Mohammed Lawan, Yakubu Dogara, and Femi Gbajabiamila as brothers.
“There is nothing abnormal about what happened; it is politics because the APC is a conglomerate of different interests. I consider what happened in NASS as something natural and in spite of the bad blood generated during the elections, we will remain one family,” he concluded.
The APC national Chairman, John Oyegun, while addressing statehouse correspondents on Friday, June 12, 2015 stated that the party had accepted the reality of the NASS elections as “a reality that we must live with“.
“We have a reality and we must live with it. It is not the first or second time we have passed through this kind scenario and we came out strong. This may not even be the last time; we come out every time stronger and more determined.”