The end to the crisis that have rocked the ruling, All Progressives Congress (APC), seems far from over after the Deputy National Chairman (North), Lawal Shuaibu branded the party “nest of lawlessness”.
Shuaibu, in a statement released to the media, blamed the conflicts that has characterized the activities of the party in recent times on its National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole.
In the entitled “APC and its future, let us exercise caution”, Shauibu lamented that the party has deviated from the tenets of constitutional democracy which it was formed to champion, adding that the Oshiomole’s leadership has violated the party’s constitution severally
His statement, in part, reads:
“The ruling party which ought to be a model for others in the upholding of the rule of law, is now the nest of lawlessness.
“Interestingly, all the issues I raised in my said letter have come to pass. Till date, the party, founded on the principles of constitutionalism and rule of law, is now subject of arbitrary administration, without regard for the dictates of the law.
“The ruling party which ought to be a model for others in the upholding of the rule of law, is now the nest of lawlessness. The entire legal framework governing the party administration in Nigeria today, the Nigerian constitution, the party constitution, the electoral act and INEC regulations and guidelines are more honoured by the party in breaches than obedience.
“To buttress my above assertion, the following few examples will drive the point home. By (Article 9.1(ii) and 9.4 (i) of the APC Constitution as amended, pages 6 and 8) every member will be registered at his ward when his or her name is entered in the register by the ward executives.
“My understanding of this provision is that power in the party is exercised bottom up! What this means is that every member of the party is answerable to his constituency. Being a party member, therefore, is a constitutional issue embedded in the membership register.
“Also, the constitution of the party stipulates a mandatory meeting of the national executive committee (NEC) every three months (Article 25 B (i) of the APC constitution as amended.). This regular meeting is not only targeted at keeping the members abreast of developments, but ensuring collective responsibility of decision taken by the combined effect of the above provision and Article 18 of the APC Constitution as amended).”