A former chairman of the All Progressives Congress, in Enugu State, Barr Ben Nwoye has alleged that there has been no growth in the party since its formation in 2013.
The party’s former chairman aired his opinion in an interview with Daily Post.
He noted that even though the party was able to take over most of the States, House of Assembly, House of Reps, Senate and even the presidency but by his assessment today, there is no growth in the system.
He, however, attributed the weakness of the party to the merger with other parties.
The editor asked, “Your party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, has retained power again after the first eight years. In your assessment, do you think the party has actually grown in terms of having a strong system and institution?”
Nwoye answered, “You made a very good point about separating party from governance; the straight answer is No. As a party, we were formed in 2013, and within that 2013 to 2014, we started a major campaign. By 2015, in less than a year of formation, we took over most of the States, House of Assembly, House of Reps, Senate and of course President.
“As regards a party itself, the method of formation, which is the merger, actually gave it the strength that led to the victory; unfortunately, it is the bane of the party, that is why the party, in my opinion, is weak. Because, the people coming from different segments, we call them the legacy party; for the most part, they see themselves as members of the legacy party first before seeing themselves as members of APC, whether it is the CPC people, ANPP New PDP or ACN. Some people who have no business being in party leadership are given positions to manage the party, in order to carry one legacy party or the other along.
“So, it has weakened the party so much that almost 10 years later, we are still learning how to sit, we are not even crawling as a party.”