The Director-General of the Progressives Governors’ Forum ,PGF, Mr Salihu Lukman has called for an urgent constitutional review in order to resolve the internal crisis in the All Progressives Congress.
In a statement on Sunday, he said it was important for Chairman of the APC Caretaker/Convention Working Committee and Yobe State Governor, Mai-Mala Buni, to set up a constitution review committee and present proposals for amendments to the Extraordinary National Convention.
He explained that beyond proposals for constitutional amendment, there was an urgent need to consider developing proposed code of conduct for elected and appointed officials of the party as bye-laws to regulate the conduct of party leaders.
The PGF director-general believes the code of conduct is necessary to prevent situations where party officials abuse their office and conduct themselves in manners that can undermine the party’s commitment to the principles of public accountability, or even get stretched to issues bordering on criminal conduct and the probable extension of strategies of political bullying.
Lukman argues that if the APC continues to operate as a closed party, its progressive credentials will remain only a claim of its leaders and anyone who challenges it will be bullied. He also asked the party to consider taking all the appropriate steps to strengthen internal party rules as provided in the APC Constitution.
He made it clear that his position on the internal crisis within the party does not represent the view of any APC governor or the Progressive Governors’ Forum.
Meanwhile, the Chairman Senate Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Senator Ajibola Basiru has criticised Lukman’s position as cowardly and at best treacherous.
Also, Chairman, Senate Committee on Judiciary, Human Rights and Legal Matters, Senator Opeyemi Bamidele (EKiti Central), condemned Edo Governor Godwin Obaseki over alleged invasion of the Assembly Complex in Benin City last week.
Basiru, in a statement in Abuja, insisted that Lukman should immediately be called to order by the APC Governors Forum and shut out from making disparaging remarks about the party.
The Spokesman of the Senate said: “People who really have nothing useful to contribute to the ongoing campaigns should desist from making remarks that will discourage genuine Democrats who are working for the progress of APC and the Nation.”