President Muhammadu Buhari’s All Progressives Congress (APC) is literally on her knees, begging the Nigerian people for continued massive support at their electioneering campaigns and during the elections.
The ruling party that was embarrassed in Abeokuta, the capital of Ogun State on Monday during a presidential campaign rally by seeming angry youths who hurled missiles at their leaders, has vowed to deal with the identified sponsors of the show of shame.
APC National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, in a statement pleaded with the party supporters not to be downcast by the tragic incident.
‘’We urge our teeming party supporters and members not to be disturbed by Monday’s condemnable incident. We urge all to continue trooping out en masse for our remaining campaigns and vote massively for all and only APC candidates in the forthcoming general elections’’, he said.
Issa-Onilu said APC will punish Governor Ibikunle Amosun of Ogun State, for allegedly hiring thugs that attacked President Buhari and and unleashed missiles on party leaders at the black Monday campaign rally of the party in the state.
He insisted that those responsible for what he described as ‘’premeditated attacks’’ will be dealt with, adding however that the sanction will be delayed till after the elections.
According to him, ‘’APC regrets Monday’s premeditated attacks sponsored by Governor Ibikunle Amosun on President Buhari and other senior party leaders at the venue of the presidential campaign rally in Ogun. This is one act of indiscipline too many. The APC will not condone acts of indiscipline, indiscretion, and anti-party activities from any party member no matter how highly placed.
‘’The party will review this gross misconduct of deliberately positioning thugs to attack and embarrass the President and the party’s leadership. The party will take a decision on this matter immediately after the elections. It must be stated that party supremacy and discipline according to our constitution are not matters of choice but binding principles which must be adhered to by all party members.
‘’APC is a party known for discipline, justice, fairness, and equality hence any plan to destroy what this party stands for would be rejected. No single person will be allowed to put his personal and selfish interests ahead of the wishes of the people of Ogun and elsewhere.’’
Continuing, he said the decision of the National Working Committee on post-primaries remained unbendable. ‘’Post primaries, the decision of the National Working Committee to uphold the wishes of party members is unbendable. Therefore, whatever means being presently deployed by persons intending to undermine the wishes of the people for personal gains will not be tolerated.’’