OrderPaperToday – Ahead of the rescheduled National Convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Senator Rochas Okorocha has stressed that the only way out of the crisis is to recognise the original four blocs that formed the party.

The lawmaker representing Imo West Senatorial District speaking with journalists on Tuesday, in Abuja said the March 26 Convention date will also give party leaders the opportunity to make some amendments. 

He also noted that the shift in date would prevent multiple litigations in the party while urging the leadership to go back to the basics and recognise the original four blocs that formed the APC.

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The former Imo Governor explained that there were four political parties that formed the APC; noting that the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) led by President Muhammadu Buhari as well as the Bola Tinubu-led Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

He also highlighted that Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff (SAS), and former Ebonyi Governor, Ogbonnaya Onu came with the All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP) while he led the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) into the union.

Okorocha said that reverting to how the APC distributed offices when it was formed will solve all crises rocking the party at the moment. He added that original founders like Tinubu and others be given the honour of picking persons that would hold sensitive positions in the party.

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“Our party is a great party, APC is a great party, what is wrong with our party is that we have forgotten how we all started, we should not make the mistake of PDP of old and I think that will be corrected with the coming party’s Convention.

Our initial position was that all positions would be shared among these four parties and DPP that came with few members and after the merger, the new PDP joined.

Now, the wisest thing for all of us to do is to go back to the founding basis and distribute the political positions as we did at that time and there will be no rancour and it will be very peaceful,” Okorocha said.

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“The father of the party now is President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari should be given that respect to pick the person that will hold sensitive position in the party as Chairman.”

But, if we go into Election at this time, and of course, it will open a pandora of litigation because where 1000 people buy nominations form, APC can make an income of N2 billion on sales of forms and after that APC can spend N3 billion on litigation activities.

The wise thing to do is to call the founding fathers of the party and give them key positions and carry everyone along, including the new people that joined the party,” the Philanthropist reiterated.



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