Former Vice President and Chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Atiku Abubakar, said on Wednesday that the decision of the party to jettison the recommendation of the Ondo primary elections appeals committee to cancel the election and conduct a fresh one was a negation of good democratic practice.
The former Vice President said it was wrong for the leadership of the party to disregard the recommendation of the panel, which found reasonable ground for the cancellation of the primary and the conduct of a fresh one.
In a statement from his Media Office in Abuja, the former Vice President asked the the party leadership to always be guided by respect for the rules, fairness, equity, neutrality and respect for democratic consensus.
The APC National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, had, in a strongly worded letter called for the immediate resignation of the national chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, accusing him of fraud and imposing his opinion of the party by overruling the NWC on the recently-conducted Ondo APC governorship primaries.
Atiku said it is imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect for democratic consensus, saying “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”
According to him, since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the governorship primary election it conducted in Ondo State, and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that election and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution is a negation of due process and an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.
“It was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it had reached aimed at resolving the crisis in our party in Ondo State. It is a recipe for acrimony and division.”
He stressed that pretending a problem doesn’t exist won’t make that problem go away, and advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching and address why this problem arose and escalated.
He challenged the party to promote the law and due process in the conduct of its affairs noting that they are germane to the unity and stability of the party.
He urged the aggrieved members of the APC in the Ondo election to exercise restraint in seeking redress over the crisis.
He also urged the leadership of the party to retrace its steps and do the needful to restore confidence among the conflicting parties in the state for the overall benefit of the ruling party.