A former governor of Imo State, Rochas Okorocha, has said the crisis rocking the All Progressives Congress (APC) could be resolved if its founders were allowed to nominate candidates to hold key positions in the party.
Okorocha, who represents Imo West in the Senate, stated this in Abuja while briefing newsmen shortly after Senate plenary, on Tuesday.
He said key positions in the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) should be shared across the original four blocs that formed APC.
He said the party has forgotten how it started and was making the mistake of PDP, but believed that the national convention scheduled to hold March 26 would be an opportunity to correct the mistakes.
According to him, if the party jettisoned the idea, it would face multiple litigations, and the income generated through sales of forms would be expended on court cases.
He said, “What is wrong with our party is that we have forgotten how we all started. We should not make the mistake of PDP of old and I think that will be corrected with the party’s convention, which has been postponed to March 26.
“What we need to do is to go back to basis so that we carry the culture of unity. Defeating a sitting government was not a small victory.
“There were four political parties that formed the APC — the CPC led by the former Head of State, Muhammadu Buhari who is now the President of Federal Republic of Nigeria; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu came with (ACN); Governor Abdulaziz Yari, Alimodu Sheriff and former governor of Ebonyi State, Ogbonnaya Onu who is now Minister of Science and Technology and Rochas Okorocha leading the APGA.
“Our initial position was that all positions would be shared among these four parties and the new PDP members that joined later.
“Now, the wisest thing for all of us to do is to go back to the founding basis and distribute the political positions as we did it that time and there will be no rancour and it will be very peaceful.
“The father of the party now is President Muhammadu Buhari. Buhari should be given that respect to pick the person that will hold sensitive position in the party as chairman; Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others should always be made to produce some key positions in the party. When this is done, there will be no problem in APC.
“But if we go into the elective national convention at this time, it will open a plethora of litigations. APC can make an income of N2 billion on sales of forms and after that, it may spend N3 billion on litigations.
“So the wise thing to do is to call the founding fathers of the party and give them key positions and carry everyone along, including the new people that joined the party.”