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Police take over APC national secretariat



SECURITY agents, on Monday morning, returned to the national secretariat of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and condone off the entire Blantyre Street where the party’s headquarters is located. Curiously, none of the gladiators laying claims to the leadership of the ruling party was on the ground despite the seize fire appeals from stakeholders and President Muhammadu Buhari during the weekend.

  The security agents, numbering over 80 personnel, had arrived at the secretariat in no fewer than 11 patrol vehicles, occupying strategic positions outside the secretariat. Interestingly, the secretariat staff was equally very apprehensive over the situation, wondering who, among Yobe Governor, Mai Mala Buni and his Niger counterpart, Sani Bello, is actually in charge of the party.

“Yes, we have passed through this road previously but the situation we found ourselves in presently is so confusing. You can see how the secretariat is looking deserted. Governor Bello is not here and Governor Buni they touted will return to the secretariat is still at large. We are helpless and can only wait to see events unfold,” he said.

  Meanwhile, former Director-General APC Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), Salihu Moh Lukman, has come down hard on his party, claiming that there is nothing fundamentally different between APC and the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP).“As a party envisioned to facilitate the process of changing Nigerian politics, APC leaders and members must be reminded that the most important determinant for political change at this crucial point in the nation’s political development is initiatives to change the orientation of political leadership recruitment.

“The reality is that leadership recruitment in APC, as it is today, is not fundamentally different from what exists in PDP. Partly because it is not different, we have produced leaders, both in government and in the party, APC, who at best, are typical PDP leaders. These are leaders who only succeed in reducing government and party management to a Bureau De Change.“However, unlike PDP, in our case in APC, an internal contest in the party is effectively mobilizing opposition against such leaders. The current contest going on in APC is a typical example.

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