By: Valentine Adese and Alfred Saiki,
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 today, have alleged that, the directive given by Governor Simon Bako Lalong is inconsistent with the directive 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.”