2023: PGF DG, Salihu asks APC to return to 2013 mode, revision of the manifesto
Progressive Governors Forum CEO Salihu Lukman called on All Progressives Congress leaders to return to this 2013 mode and handle the leadership negotiations for 2023 with great care and skill.
The APC, which came into being in 2013, weighed the political circumstances under which former President Goodluck Jonathan from the south of the country ran for president under the leadership of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and settled for Muhammadu North Buhari.
While APC’s victory in 2015 could be attributed to the zoning of the presidency in the North which craved exalted office, the party has yet to make its position known in the face of the turmoil for a transfer of power to the South. countries before 2023..
But Salihu said in a statement that with the emergence of the CPA in 2013, party leaders were able to skillfully handle negotiations for leadership on the basis of strategic consideration to win Nigerian votes.
The Director General of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF) said APC should continue to work to set the right standards for Nigerian politics, which should prioritize national unity.
He called for a campaign to review the provisions of the CPA manifesto in order to strengthen political initiatives for national unity in the ongoing reorganization process within the party.
Part of the projection, according to Salihu, should be for the party’s next National Convention to adopt a new manifesto, which would highlight the party’s major commitments to national unity for use during the 2023 campaigns.
He said: “The question of how the party intends to handle the negotiations for the emergence of the flag bearer of the 2023 elections is an integral part of the campaign for national unity.
“In many ways, these are issues that must be dealt with internally within party structures with full confidence that the principles of justice, fairness and equity can be upheld.
“The inability of Nigerian politics to facilitate political negotiations and consensus building is responsible for the current difficulties facing all geopolitical areas of the country. The big question is whether the country’s leadership race in 2023 will prioritize the processes of building national consensus through negotiations and agreements.
“Will the political leaders of the six geopolitical regions commit to implementing agreements likely to strengthen the bonds of unity between the citizens of the six geopolitical regions? What could be the details of such agreements? And to what extent could the agreements meet the expectations of the citizens of the six geopolitical regions, ”he asked.
Salihu further asked that beyond which region does President Buhari’s successor produce, what will be the post-2023 Nigerian President’s commitment to the specific agenda of regional developments in the region from which he comes and the five other regions?
He also said the lack of unity was responsible for the current challenges Nigeria faces, such as insecurity in almost all parts of the country and secessionist agitations undermining the state apparatus.
“Nigeria is experiencing secessionist unrest from two groups from two sections of the country – Nnamdi Kanu’s group in the South East and Sunday Igboho’s group in the South West. These are unrest that have taken forms of civil disobedience and in the case of Nnamdi Kanu’s group in the South East, it has gone into rebellion against the Nigerian state, resulting in attacks on police stations. , kidnappings and assassinations of security personnel and other government officials, and destruction of government structures.
“With the Boko Haram insurgency in the North East dragging on for more than ten years now and the unfortunate loss of thousands of lives, the destruction of public and private property, the recent secessionist agitations of Nnamdi Kano and Sunday Igboho require effective actions and effective responses to keep Nigeria as a united country.
“Noting also the growing incidence of banditry in the north-west and north-central, producing more cases of kidnappings and kidnappings of law-abiding citizens, including schoolchildren, the challenges of national survival are essentially to strengthen the capacity of Nigerian security agencies to prevent and stop the criminal activities of rebel groups in all regions of the country, ”Salihu added.