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Don’t Limit Our Party’s Problem To Bribery Allegation Against Ganduje Alone, Lukman Tells APC

Lucky Obukohwo, Reporting

Former National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Salihu Moh Lukman, has begged the leadership of the party not to narrow and limit the crisis in the party to the allegation of corruption leveled against Abdullahi Umar Ganduje alone but look for how to resolve all the crises in the party.

He disclosed this in his statement made available to newsmen in Abuja.

He also pleaded with President Bola Ahmed Tinubu and other political leaders to revisit the feud brewing between the two former governors of Kano State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso and Abdullahi Umar Ganduje.

He pleaded with President Tinubu and APC leaders to consider it as an opportunity of renewing the APC in Kano State, by extension North West and the entire North.

“Being progressives require honesty, which given current political reality we must accept that Rabiu Kwankwaso and his NNPP has stronger support base in Kano State.

Noting that Kwankwaso was in our party up to 2018; and acknowledging that between 1999 and 2019 both Kwankwaso and Ganduje worked together, we need to revisit issues surrounding their disagreement.

“On no account should APC leaders limit the engagement of issues surrounding all the political challenges facing us as a party to only the issue of bribery allegation against Ganduje.

“If this means another round of negotiation for political alliance or merger with Kwankwaso and NNPP, our leaders should proceed to act accordingly. President Tinubu and APC must take the full advantage of the current reality to renegotiate the support base of the APC. Renegotiating the support base of the APC should also be about reigniting the progressive credentials of the APC.

“It is very painfully disturbing that unless this kind of opportunity is utilised to the fullest, based on which new actors such as Kwankwaso with strong commitment to democracy based on principles are recruited into our party, the downward slide and retrogression towards conservatism and lawless management of the APC will continue,” Lukman noted in the statement.

On the corruption allegation against the APC National Chairman, he said: “Without doubt, this situation presents an opportunity for President Tinubu to demonstrate his progressive and political dexterity.

“It is a low hanging fruit, which, if properly managed could also save the politics of Ganduje. The hard truth is that, somehow, the politics of Kano State was mismanaged and as it is, if we were unable to win election in Kano State when we were in control of Kano State Government, it will be foolhardy to imagine otherwise.

“APC leaders must be reminded that one of promises in 2015 based on which Nigerians supported us and gave us the mandate to rule the country for the last nine years was the commitment to fight corruption. If there is any instance requiring us, as a party, to renew our commitment to fighting corruption, this is it.

“We must appeal, especially, to President Tinubu and all APC leaders not to consent to any action other than supporting Ganduje to take advantage of the current reality to clear his name.”

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