Governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress, APC, have urged the President Muhammadu Buhari - led National Executive Committee, NEC, of the party to wade into the leadership crises now rocking the party.
The governors spoke under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum, PGF.
The Director - General of the PGF, Salihu Lukman, who made this known, appealed to the NEC to organise a national convention of the party to elect new replacements for the National Working Committee, NWC.
He accused the current NWC of orchestrating the problems currently rocking the APC.
The NWC had been divided into three factions over who leads the party, following the Appeal Court's decision upholding the suspension of Adams Oshiomhole as the national chairman of the party.
Lukman said that the NEC, as highest decision making organ of the party, was the only body mandated to convene the proposed National Convention.
His words,“ That APC is having leadership crisis is no longer news. What is news now is that the party is collapsing with no leader in charge.
“Following the Appeal Court ruling sustaining the suspension of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole as the National Chairman of the party, members of the NWC of the party started making disparate claims as to who is the acting National Chairman.
“It is as if the party doesn’t have a constitution or those who operate the constitution are either ignorant of its provisions or have decided to set aside the constitution and just embark on a free for all
“President Buhari and all APC leaders who are vested with the responsibility of assisting President Buhari to move this country forward, should focus in directing the affairs of the party.
"They should focus towards convening a NEC meeting to commence the process of curing all our leaders of “old ambition-Virus 2023” as diagnosed by Asiwaju Tinubu in March 2020.
“As part of the treatment, it is very clear we need an organ transplant by way of replacing the members of the current NWC who constitute the problem.
“By provisions of our party’s constitution, it is only the National Convention that can discharge that function. And it is only the NEC that can convene the National Convention.
“Beyond President Buhari and Asiwaju Tinubu, our leaders; Vice President, Senate President, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Governors, and other NEC members should individually demonstrate the needed sensitivity and commitment to resolving this matter.
“APC must not be allowed to turn into a Frankenstein monster that will destroy our leaders and pollute our democracy.
“How can a party so blessed with experienced and very skillful leaders be incapable of resolving the problem of leadership vacancy?
“With 20 Governors and in control of the National Assembly leadership, shouldn’t that serve as a source of strength to be able to solve any leadership dispute in the party, no matter how complex?
“These are practical questions requiring very urgent response. Every loyal member of the party must be ashamed of what is going on now.
“The capacity of our leaders to resolve this crisis is never in doubt. The issue is how speedily? A stitch in time, saves nine.
“All manner of arguments bordering on legal technicalities around interpreting provisions of the party’s constitution are being presented.”
According to him, within few hours of the Abuja Appeal Court ruling, the APC has produced three conflicting claims to the position of the National Chairman, hence any hesitation by the NEC to activate the process of convening the National Convention could suggest that beyond the NWC, the whole party is infected with the “old ambition -Virus 2023.”