A frontline national chairmanship aspirant of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and Senator representing Niger East, Mohammed Sani-Musa, has said his leadership will re-engineer the political structure of the party if given the opportunity in the forthcoming national convention.
Mr Musa also warned Nigerians not to allow reversal of achievements of President Muhammadu Buhari since 2015, adding that those achievements have taken place because the President has faithfully implemented the manifesto and agenda of the party.
Speaking with newsmen Friday in Abuja, the Niger State-born chairmanship aspirant commended the chairman and members of Caretaker Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, CECPC, for what he described as the “wonderful job” they have done in expanding the base of the party.
According to him, the current leadership of the party has attracted high profile members and their followers from areas where they previously had unsatisfactory electoral outcomes.
He said: “It is for this reason that I am presenting myself as the candidate that can position our great party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), to achieve the electoral and political outcomes necessary to ensure that we consolidate and accelerate our socio-economic transformation.
“Leadership is an awesome and great responsibility that requires high sense of innovations and vision as a mechanism to changing our nation to more advancements.
“If repose with the responsibility to lead the party, I will endeavour to justify every day and in every act the trust that will be placed in me.
“Bringing a new beginning to our party leadership will create a new voice and direction to APC and by extension creating the best platform for an enduring leadership for our country for the good of all.
“If giving the opportunity to lead the party I will completely re-engineer the internal structures and workings of the party and make it adaptive to the yearnings and aspirations of members and Nigerians.
“I will be adaptive to participatory and affiliative work style that will usher visionary and pacesetting leadership that will transform the party to a democratic institution that Nigerians will proudly continue to embrace.
“If we hope to maintain credibility over time, then we must adhere faithfully to the same organizational expectations that our context asks of our teams, for me my words are my bonds.”
He, therefore, called on all the party stakeholders to join hands with him in re-engineering the internal structure of the ruling party.
Mr Musa said: “Given my political clout, extensive experience and sphere of influence, I have no doubt that if given the opportunity, the APC will expand its sphere of influence beyond all fault lines and cover the length and breadth of our great country.”
Commenting on some of the challenges facing the party, the Senator said: “Having played a part in building our party at all levels since 2014, I am confident that I am the best candidate to lead the party to achieve our desired objectives.
“My ambition is borne out of my desire to contribute positively to the nation’s growing democratic process by ensuring that we build strong political structures with the required capacity to address the challenges we face as a party and ultimately as a nation.
“While there is no gainsaying the fact that our party, the All Progressives Congress, has endured its fair share of challenges especially in the areas of internal polarization and fair play, the process of rebuilding and repositioning the party requires visionary and just leadership.
“Besides, the problems that have plagued us recently, and the problems that usually plague societies at any given time, have not been ones stemming from situations where leaders have made tough moral choices when faced with difficult, shades-of-gray options.
“Our problems recently have been that our party leaders have knowingly abandoned even the most basic morality when pursuing personal gain. Most moral leadership problems do not arise from misjudging complicated ethical issues.
“Most arise from something much simpler: wanton disregard of common decency in pursuit of naked self-interest.”