The Vice National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (North-West), Dr Salihu M. Lukman on Thursday, described how politically suicidal it would be for the party to replace the recently resigned National Chairman of the party, Senator Abdullahi Adamu with the immediate former Governor of Kano State, Dr Abdullahi Ganduje.
Lukman, an outspoken APC NEC member who criticised the alleged plot to fix Ganduje as the party Chairman, said in a statement made available to the newsmen, that it will be insensitive, unjust and almost politically suicidal to replace Adamu with Ganduje.
The party Chieftain who stated that such a step will resort to taking the members of the party for granted said it will distort the zoning arrangement that caused the present configuration of the leadership of the National Assembly, noting that, with the speaker of the House of Representatives and Deputy Senate President coming from the North-West and North-Central, zoning the party’s Chairman to North-West from North-Central. Is unjust.
“Already, part of the speculations emerging from the Governor’s bloc is that Dr Abdullahi Umar Ganduje is being considered to succeed Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
“If this is true, it only suggests insensitivity and taking members of the party for granted.
“This is without prejudice to the person of Dr. Ganduje. This is because such a choice will completely distort the zoning arrangement that informed the present configuration of the leadership of the National Assembly.
“With the Speaker of House of Representatives and Deputy Senate President coming from North West and North Central shut out of consideration, to propose the party’s National Chairman to move to North West from North Central will be unjust and almost a political suicide.
“We must caution our Governors that since the emergence of APC, Governors have served almost as the conscience of the party. Any consideration for such an insensitive and unjust consideration of Dr Ganduje to become the National Chairman of APC must be discarded. If anything, the position of National Chairman of the APC must be retained in North Central. Part of the challenge of managing the current transition within the party is getting the NWC to properly take the driving seat in managing and facilitating negotiations to produce and engage leaders of the party.
“The NWC must sit up and guide the unfolding negotiations. No single power bloc should be allowed to appropriate the process,” he said.