The Publicity Secretary of the just-dissolved pro-Oshiomole National Working Committee of the All Progressives Congress, Mr Lanre Issa-Onilu, has thrown his weight behind the newly constituted caretaker committee led by Yobe State Governor.
Issa-Onilu, one of the most vocal and loyal member of the embattled NWC, said the President took the decision to dissolve the committee in the interest of the party.
He thanked the President and the party for giving him the opportunity to serve while maintaining that the statement was made should not be adjudged to be a reflection of the mind of other members of the NWC.
The statement, in part, reads:
“President Buhari along with the NEC of our great party, the APC on Thursday dissolved the party’s NWC. I was not just a proud member of that organ, I was also the Spokesman of the party. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to serve under the governing party of a government led by President Buhari.
“However, by this statement, I am speaking in my personal capacity and not for anyone or group. I have reflected on the events of the past few days and the outcome of Thursday’s NEC meeting and as a party man, I declare my support for the actions taken by Mr. President.
“Like the President said, the party was ominously hanging on a cliff and as expected, something had to give way because the APC could not have continued along that obvious path of destruction.
“I, therefore, call on every member to rally round the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee led by Mai Mala Buni, an experienced party administrator and other eminent members of that committee who, of course, are our compatriots, as they embark on the process of rebuilding our party to the height we all desire.
“Ours must be a party that is strong and truly progressive; one that can provide our government the support it requires to deliver more dividends of democracy. We all have the obligation to subordinate our individual interests to the collective interests of our government and country. The task of preserving President Muhammadu Buhari’s unprecedented legacies is not negotiable.”