APC, PDP are the same – APC Chieftain, Salihu Lukman

APC, PDP are the same – APC Chieftain, Salihu Lukman
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An erstwhile National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives
Congress, APC, Salihu Lukman, has said that there is no difference between the
ruling party and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.


Lukman, who made this statement while speaking on Channels
Television’s Sunday Politics , said the APC was now
becoming worse than the PDP it came to replace.


According to him, the PDP was becoming a one-man show where
internal democracy had been dumped and candidates imposed on the electorate,
stressing that it was the reason they came up with the APC.


The APC chieftain said they came up with the idea of the
opposition parties merging to defeat the PDP and correct some of the anomalies
noticed at that time.


“We were clear on the kind of party APC should be. We saw
the weaknesses of the PDP, apart from the imposition of candidates, part of the
problem was that elected candidates were not accountable to the party or
anybody and we thought building the APC would depart from that and that was
where the slogan ‘change’ came from.


“When the debate about the manifesto of the party was going
on, the conception was that the party was going to be social democratic with a
priority on the issues of health, education and social services but the party
has deviated,” Lukman said.


Lukman said part of the party’s problems started from
Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, adding that the President was like an
emperor because he was the singular electoral asset of the party.

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“We were hoping with Asiwaju (President Bola Ahmed Tinubu),
things will start changing,” he said, lamenting that things rather got worse.


“We are having a party where some of its organs have not
been convened since its formation. We are having a party in which for one year
no meeting has taken place and that party is controlling the government,” the
APC chieftain lamented.


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