The minister of sport and youth development, Solomon Dalung, has attributed the current crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) to the ambition of some politicians for the next round of elections.
Dalung, according to Premium Times, said the problems inherited by the party made it impossible for leaders to pay attention to party members, leading to frustration.
The minister disclosed this to journalists on Thursday, October 6, at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja.
“I think we should try and appreciate the chemistry of what is referred to as APC today. APC started as amalgamation of different political groups then graduated into a mass movement and formed the government,” Dalung said.
“The significance of this was that these are political systems that are an embodiment of diverse interests.
“Now, the management of that interests is very critical, but the challenge the party and the government is facing is that the government itself inherited a situation where it has more challenges of fixing the country, and so nothing or no good attention at all would have trickled down along the line in view of the economic constraints.
“That is enough to stir bitterness in the party and this can give birth to crisis,” he said.
Dalung called on the leaders to forget their differences and allow the country to move forward.
He said a second perspective to the crisis has to do with the future.
The minister suggested that some politicians had viewed the future and are already “dusting their weapons for a political showdown to set the tone of their political ambition”.
Dalung said those in government were worried over the development.
He appealed to all those involved to embrace peace, noting that they should know that younger politicians look up to them for guidance.
Recall that the fresh crisis rocking the ruling party surfaced after one of its leaders, Bola Tinubu, asked the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign for nominating Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the party for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state.
But Odigie-Oyegun has said that he cannot be removed from office on the pages of newspapers.
He also said that there were no differences between him and Tinubu adding that the National Executive Committee would meet at the appropriate time.
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