A chieftain of the All Progressive Congress (APC) in Niger State, Jonathan Vatsa says
the ruling party has suffered from an inability to resolve normal problems expected
in a political party.
He stated this while reacting to the leadership crisis rocking the party which led
to the dissolution of its National Working Committee (NWC) on Thursday.
The former Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism said he was more worried
about the APC’s failure to fulfill campaign promises made to Nigerians in 2015 and 2019.
The APC founding member said the party has not fared better than the Peoples Democratic
Party (PDP) in bringing democratic dividends to Nigerians.
Vatsa said the APC should forget about ruling the nation beyond 2023, noting
that Nigerians were already fed up with its underperformance.
Commenting on the leadership crisis, the former state Publicity Secretary
of APC told Sunday Sun, “First of all, let me say that crisis in political
party is normal because where people of diverse belief and backgrounds come
together, there must be some disagreements here and there, it’s quite expected.
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“However, the unfortunate and abnormal thing is that when this crisis persists
and people are unable to resolve these differences then it becomes a problem like
we are witnessing in my party today.
“If I tell you that as a foundation member of the APC, I am not in pain I will
be lying. It is quite unfortunate that with all the indices of failure at all
levels of governance starring on our face, with all the failed promises, with
all the hunger and insecurity everywhere after five years, the only thing that
is in our agenda now is fight for control ahead of 2023.
“My heart bleeds because of what is happening today in my party everywhere,
including my state, Niger.
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“I said my heart bleeds because I know the sacrifices we made in 2014 to
build a party called APC and the promises we made to Nigerians to vote for
us, but today where are we, hunger everywhere, killings everywhere as if
there is no leadership, everything is upside down.
“Can we boldly say today that we are better than the PDP we accused in 2015, the
answer is capital no. I am in pain.”