Former aspirants of the All Progressives Congress (APC) have appealed to the presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to quickly address the defection that has hit the party in recent weeks.
Naija News recalls that the former aspirants under the aegis of APC360 made the appeal after an emergency meeting held on Tuesday in Abuja, the nation’s capital. The APC360 is a group consisting of aspirants who contested for various elective posts at the party’s primaries from the 36 states of the Federation and Abuja. In a statement issued after the meeting, the National Secretary of the APC360, Chris Enoch, called on Tinubu to urgently set measures to stop the massive exodus of members to opposition parties The group also advised the former Governor of Lagos State said party members were deeply concerned about the fact that the party hierarchy has still not addressed the situation. Enoch said the group cannot close its eyes to the dangerous trend sweeping away party members like the flood and keep quiet like nothing is happening. He said, “It is also hazardous and harmful to the health and wealth of our great party, particularly when we are preparing for a national election. “We as members of the only pressure group that has invested in this great party through the direct purchase at the expression of interest and nomination forms, etc. are concerned because of our belief that the massive decamping which is being surreptitiously tarried out is planned and calculated to frustrate the coasting to the victory of Tinubu at the in-coming general election by those who have scores to settle with the party or are holding grudges and to this end are working against the party. “Some of these defection cases are sponsored by some powerful members who feel dissatisfied with the mood and manner by which the party has treated them with the conduct of the primaries while others are borne out of the allegation that the party hierarchy abandoned and relegated them into the background after victory not acknowledging or compensating them for their huge efforts and heavy commitment to the party before victory. “We as vested stakeholders in the party can no longer stay akimbo and pretend that things are okay, while large number of significant members particularly aspirants from 2015, 2013, and 2022 primaries, are decamping to strengthen opposition parties which give them listening ears.”
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