In the aftermath of Saturday’s national convention of the All Progressives Congress (APC), one of the national presidential hopefuls, Chief Sunny Sylvester Moniediafe, who later resigned to run for national vice president of the North, said warned the ruling party not to consider a consensual arrangement for the presidential primary.
The APC presidential candidate is expected to emerge before the end of May 2022.
Addressing a Tuesday press conference in Abuja, Moniedafe, who was forced to resign for Senator-elect Abubakar Kyari, said the idea of consensus, even though it is in the APC constitution, seems undemocratic in practical terms.
The APC leader also instructed the National Working Committee (NWC) led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu to work towards a landslide victory for the party in next year’s general election.
“I will advise him (Adamu) to concentrate on the task of reconciling the aggrieved members. I was only called around 3 p.m. Saturday from Eagle Square to go to the house of the President of the Senate. It shouldn’t be like that.
“I will ask the President to put in place a reward system and ensure that m-party members receive their deserved dues.
“I know a lot of our people might want to get out. Please don’t go anywhere. It’s the same everywhere, even in the NNPP that some want to revive now. Please stay in APC.
“This issue of consensus is really the wrong thing. It is undemocratic. I will keep the leadership on their toes to ensure they deliver on their promises to Nigerians and party members. Use of Consensus for Presidential Primaries.
“One of the promises is to put me on the primaries committee. If I’m on it, I’ll insist on due process. I’ll work totally against consensus in the presidential primary. No compromise. No consensus Let’s all challenge Let the people vote and decide.
“With 41 million subscribers, we should be able to make the party independent. If we can convince them to contribute N100 per month, it will grow to billions in a year and the party will not have to depend on governors for funding,” he said.
Moniediafe, who has vowed to form a one-man team to ensure the Adamu-led NWC is on their toes, revealed that many APC members were being wronged.
“I feel for those who are wronged but I want to ask them not to decamp to leave the APC. If you go to the PDP, it’s the same. So let’s stay here and build the party. If you talk about the wronged people , I should be the most aggrieved but I’m not going anywhere.
The APC leader appreciated his supporters for supporting him before, during and after the national convention.