By: Valentine Adese,
The recent stakeholders meeting of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) in Plateau State is continuing to generate heated debates and rising anger among members of the party.
Surprisingly, one of the renowned state actors, Chief Amos Gizo, has stated that he remains indifferent with the happenings in the party.
Chief Gizo in a telephone interview with REALITY this morning said, “I want to retire from active politics. I have been in the political stage too long. 42 years is not one day. I have told them (the aggrieved members) that I am indifferent with whatever is happening in the APC. I am not gaining anything so, I am also not losing anything. I however advised that there should be a fair playing field and justices in all they do.”
However, the aggrieved members of the state APC have slammed Governor Simon Bako Lalong for alleged attempting to impose candidates ahead of the Congresses scheduled and aimed at produce Chairmen of the party across the 17 Local Government Areas (LGAs).
Spokespersons of the group, Hon. Lachang Laven and Moses Depora have expressed disappointment with the action of the Governor for asking party supporters to endorsed unpopular aspirants over credible people.
They said, “We are so shock that the governor who is the chairing a committee on the advancement of democracy has taken a wrong decision to appoint those who are not acceptable to the generality of their community.”
The aggrieved members accused the Governor of play double standards in promoting illegality by causing disaffection amongst the peace loving APC members in the state.
Hon Lachang Laven said, as a stalwart of the APC structure in the state they faced the challenges of moving from wards to ward to beg people to join the party “but it is quite disappointing that today we are relegated completely from the affairs of the APC.” he added.
Adding that, “what is happening to the APC now is that, we can hardly find people who are ready to identify with us as new entrants, while others are running away both at local and state government level because, they look at the party now and see many people who didn’t know what happen at its emergence but have occupied key position of authority”.
You would recall that REALITY has reported that as the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) prepares to conduct its Congresses across the Federation, some party stakeholders in Plateau State chapter have raised the issue of conflicting directives, which they believe may snowball in crisis in the party.
The “Concern APC Stakeholders” in a press release made available to REALITY have alleged that, the directives given by Governor Simon Bako Lalong is inconsistent with the directives from the national office with respect to the congresses to be conducted and that it has the tendency of causing serious threat to the party.
The release in part reads:
“Gentlemen of the press, it has been observed that a deliberate effort is on the pipeline to install some Anti-democratic tendencies in the annals of Plateau state APC.
“The widely publicized speech of His Excellency, Governor Simon Bako Lalong that Congresses in the state should have some monitors different from the directives of the National Leadership is creating a serious threat to the APC in the state and this could be a bad signal to President Buhari’s stand of fairness with the directive that congresses be held at all levels.
“Already, there are aspirants springing and warming up to contest in all the positions at all levels as directed by the leadership. Therefore, any attempt to short change this decision will be counter-productive and this will spell doom for APC.”
Adding that, “In a meeting of stakeholders across the seventeen LGA’s, the Governor and his co-travelers are advised to shelf this idea and allow democracy to thrive or else, there is likely going to be crisis in the party and factionalization is eminent.”