A former vice president and chieftain of All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, on Thursday, urged leaders of the party to shift from extreme positions to a centrist one, in the interest of democracy and the party, the new administration and the country at large.
He dropped the hint against the backdrop of the APC National Executive Committee’s (NEC) meeting today, in Abuja.
A statement released by his media office in Abuja, quoted Atiku as calling for the concentration of positive energies on building unity, cohesion and harmony among party leaders and other stakeholders.
According to him, “we can resolve our differences when our leaders individually and collectively shift grounds from extreme positions and move to the centre in the interest of our party and our country.”
Atiku, according to the statement, was outside the country to perform lesser Hajj (Umrah) in Saudi Arabia and would not be attending the NEC meeting.
He also said he was deeply concerned that soon after capturing power, the APC was torn apart at a time more energy was needed to attend to the objectives of the change agenda for which it was voted into power.
Atiku added that it was high time the party overcame its current crisis of confidence arising from the National Assembly election of principal officers.
He explained that the current blame games targeted at individuals was an unnecessary diversion of energies at the expense of the urgency of the mission of the party to make life better for Nigerians.
He equally noted that the vilification of individual party leaders and members in the face of challenges facing the country was painful to him, adding that the party should learn the lessons and move ahead.
While restating his commitment to the party and its change agenda, the former vice president advise the party leaders not to allow people of bad faith to fuel division and acrimony among the party, adding that all positive energies should be directed towards sustaining the morale of the voters who look forward to the APC to make their lives better.
He reminded party leaders that any division could be exploited at the expense of the party and equally extended his goodwill to the party for successful deliberations and assured the party of continued support and loyalty at all times.


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