The Governor of Katsina State, Aminu Bello Masari, on Monday said the absence of coordination in All Progressives Congress has produced crisis of trust in the party, adding that if care is not taken, it can destroy our party and the political process.
Masari, who made this known at the meeting with the leadership of National Assembly with the Progressives Governors Forum, blamed the party leadership for their failure to manage intra party crisis in some states, which gave the opposition party room to take over the state.
He said: “The Progressive Governors Forum has a standing subcommittee on Legislative Matters that started in the last Assembly. But unfortunately, no success came out for obvious reasons.
“So we thought that we should contact you early enough so that we put a machinery in motion in making sure that this time around, we are on the same page – the Progressives Governors Forum and the National Assembly. In doing so we want to use this opportunity to address some fundamental issues that does not only affect APC alone as a political party but the whole nation.
“We have itemized some areas which we want to discuss for the purpose of this courtesy call. The details will come when your subcommittee and our subcommittee meets and discuss in detail.
“We can recall that President Muhammadu Buhari recently reminded us of both our responsibilities in providing leadership to ensure that all of us as elected representatives, which is a collective body that should prioritise building strong relationships between all elected representatives both in the executive and legislative arms of government as well as our party leaders.
“The absence of coordination has produced crisis of trust which if care is not taken can destroy our party and the political process. So as leaders, we need to make amends especially in the area of management of political relations among all the party stakeholders.
“We need not remind ourselves of what happened between 2015 and 2019. We unfortunately allowed avoidable circumstances to give new life to our political opponents, especially parties in opposition to APC, like PDP.
“We have not managed our personal aspiration to contest elections through the inability of our party leadership to painstakingly ensure broad consultations leading to collective decision that were recorded on most of these avoidable circumstances.
“We know what happened in the build up to 2019, the crisis we have in so many states within our own political party. I am referring to those crisis that could have been avoided. Recognizing that conflicting demands from all stakeholders would not be easy to manage. Compliance with the provisions of our party constitution, and the relevant laws of Nigeria.”
Masari came along with other Progressive Governors to the National Assembly.
They included Nasir el-Rufai, Abdullahi Ganduje, Atiku Bagudu, Godwin Obaseki, Mala Buni and Abdulrahman Abdulrazak.