From Romanus Ugwu, Abuja
Former members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) House of Representatives tasked the party’s Interim Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) to lead the way in espousing progressive ideologies and institutionalizing internal democracy.
The ex-legislators welcomed the decision of the party’s national leadership to withdraw the proposed amendment to the party’s constitution excluding them as statutory members/delegates to the party’s National Convention.
In a statement signed by the Forum’s Protem Chairman, Hon. Ibrahim Zailani, they called the decision well thought out.
They further noted that members were pleased to see the infomercial signed by CECPC National Secretary, Senator John James Akpanudoedehe, where the withdrawal is confirmed.
He said the reason given by the CECPC for the proposed withdrawal of former and serving members of the National Assembly from the National Convention, which was described as an inadvertent omission, was also noted by the Forum. .
Advising the party leadership to exercise due diligence before highly sensitive posts such as this are made public, the Forum however expressed displeasure that it was overlooked in the consultations that led to the decision to even make the necessary changes to the Constitution.
“Yes, we are happy that the party leadership has taken the necessary steps by quickly rectifying an error that could have had unimaginable consequences for the stability of the APC. “The truth must be told that such an unintentional mistake that has overheated the party space over the past few days could have been avoided if careful consideration and due diligence had been applied by the officers involved. For us, this kind of scenario must clearly be avoided in the future.
“As a body of key stakeholders in our great party, the APC, we are following with keen interest the events leading up to the National Convention and the presidential primaries as they unfold!
“We hereby reiterate our call to the party leadership that as a progressive entity, it is incumbent upon our party to lead the way in espousing progressive ideologies chief among which is the institutionalization of internal democracy.
“Anything short of enough would mean nothing good for the unity and progress of our party. In the meantime, we place our wholehearted loyalty and support to the CECPC and the party,” the statement read.