Former Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Cheif John Oyegun has said the party is fast becoming a threat to the good legacies President Muhammadu Buhari has built and his government.
Oyegun spoke in reaction to the leadership crisis rocking the ruling party following a court of appeal order upholding the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as National Chairman of the APC.
After the appeal court judgement, a former Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi, has been declared as acting chairman and also Victor Giadom, APC national secretary, said he is in charge of the party which has left it in continue battle for leadership at the centre.
In a statement on Saturday, Oyegun said in the past few months, the party has “brazenly subverted” its own principles of internal democracy.
The former chairman said APC’s victory at the 2015 presidential poll and the peaceful transfer of power that followed is a major testament of progress in the nation’s democracy but while other African countries have marched forward, Nigeria is “regressing.”
“Our own political party, the APC, is fast becoming the single most dangerous threat to the legacy of our government and our president,” he said.
“In the last few months we have watched how the party has brazenly subverted its own principles of internal democracy and flagrant violation of every rule of decent political engagement in a manner that makes everyone associated with its promise of change liable to be accused of either hypocrisy or apostasy.
“We must therefore remember that our victory in the 2015 Presidential elections and the peaceful transfer of power that followed was a major testament of progress in our nation’s journey towards real democracy.
“This unprecedented democratic achievement has since inspired progressive forces all over Africa and has become a standard by which democracy is measured in the rest of the continent.
“Unfortunately, it appears that while other countries around us have marched ahead in the democratic journey, we have largely regressed.”
Oyegun called for an emergency meeting of the National Executive Committee (NEC) of the APC to meet and set up a caretaker panel to look into the crisis.
“There is a most urgent need for the party NEC to meet and institute for the party a caretaker committee (even if we have to invoke the doctrine of necessity), whose main responsibility will be to arrange for a special national convention,” he said.
The former chairman said it hurts “deeply” to see how hollow it is to mention APC and change together”.