A former House of Representatives member who represented Karu/Keffi/Kokona Federal Constituency of Nasarawa State, Ahmed Wadada has revealed the only lifeline for the All Progressive Congress, APC, to survive after the exit of President Muhammadu Buhari.
In an interview with DAILY NIGERIAN on Wednesday, Mr Wadada said that the fate of the party would only be determined by the extent to which it fulfils promises and reward political patronages of deserving members.
“What happens to the APC after Buhari will be greatly determined by how progressive, how focused and how united the party is from now to the end of Buhari’s administration.
“And the party’s focus, unity and cohesion will only be guaranteed by the patronages, the respect and the honour it gives to members of the party,” the ex-lawmaker said.
He recalled that different political parties came together to form APC and that the party had a wide range of acceptance which needed to be complimented by learning to keep promises.
Mr Wadada decried that it was too premature for interest groups to commence 2023 electioneering campaigns.
“Unless we want to charge our polity, how on earth would you be talking about 2023 barely six months into the new administration?
“There is nothing wrong in waiting for another two and a half years and then begin to beat the drums of another administration. I do not subscribe to that.
“If we continue to do this we will be bastardizing our polity which will not take us anywhere,” Mr Wadada lamented.
According to him, although Bola Tinubu and Nasiru El-Rufai have not told anybody that they were contesting for the 2023 Presidency, it would be suicidal for them to ask their supporters to stop.
He said: “Politically, it will be suicidal for them to ask their supporters to stop. Bola Tinubu has not come out anywhere to tell anyone he is aspiring to be the president of Nigeria.
“El-Rufai, too, has not come out to say he is aspiring to be president of Nigeria. Maybe their supporters and loyalists are using their body languages to conclude.”