One time National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Oyegun has said the earlier some issues are addressed the easier it is to diffuse the tensions currently building across the country.
Oyegun, who stated this at the public presentation of a book titled “APC’s Litmus Tests” written by the director-general of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGD) Mallam Salihu Moh. Lukman, stressed that the APC as the government of the federation, “must not give the impression that only military governments can fundamentally tamper with the basic structure of this nation.”
He said, “The ideas of people from different parts of the country will be different up to the extent they want to go with the proposals in the document, but it is necessary.
“It is vital that it is in fact, mandatory in the interest of the survival of our nation, that these issues be addressed. We cannot continue to allow the subjectto become something that threatens our nation at any turn.
“So, the earlier we address it, the earlier we show that as a party we are responsive to the feelings of the people, the desires of the people and the wants of the people.
” It becomes easier then to diffuse the kind of stresses that the nation is passing through today. Look at what is happening. Well, it is recommended there should be State Police.”
On the need to rebuild the APC from bottom to the top approach, Chief Oyegun warned against bending the party’s rules.
“You can stretch the rule. Never break it. Secondly, it is very fundamental that in all we do, the ranks-and-file members of the party and of parties generally, are able to see that even when they lose, they have been treated fairly, they have been treated decently because what I observed, I was made the Chairman of the reconciliation group in the South-south and in every single case, you have a situation where during elections, the civil war within the party alone, makes it impossible to think of it.
Why is it civil war? Civil war because critical stakeholders in the party see that they have not been fairly, justly treated.”