President Muhammadu Buhari has warned that the All Progressives Congress (APC), without unity among its leaders and other party members might lose to the opposition party in the 2023 general elections.
The president said this during an interview aired by the Nigerian Television Authority (NTA) on Thursday.
The president assured that those defecting from the opposition parties to APC with corruption charges would not escape the law. He foreclosed the possibility of anyone in the party foisting leadership on members.
Buhari linked his withholding of assent to the recently passed Electoral Act Amendment Bill to the need to give people and political parties the power of choice to determine the system that suits them. He also said the APC should be structured bottom-up.
He stated, “We have timeframe we have to work, because the four-year tenure is constitutional. It cannot be interfered by anybody. So, if the party couldn’t agree, then, the opposition can take over. What did the PDP do? They said the opposition could not come together, but when ACN, ANPP, CPC, APGA came together, before PDP realised it, they were off; they are still off, they can see it.
“My position is simple, I think I succeeded in trying to get my position understood in the sense that I said, we start from bottom upwards; from polling units to wards, to local governments, to states and then to Abuja. So, the party, because I’m concerned about my party, the party, in all constituencies they will know their positions. Therefore, when they come to Abuja, they are likely to work together.
“There is no kingmaker from Abuja, no constituency is being dictated to. All constituencies are supposed to produce their leadership in our party. What other parties are doing is their own business, but we want to make sure that our party members understand that they are respected. It is from polling unit, to ward to local government, to state and after, Abuja. So, those who want to the elected at any level, let them work for it. Nobody is going to appoint anybody.”