A member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Kaduna State, Shehu Sani, on Sunday said the party must assuage the fears of marginalisation by Christians in the North and the Igbos before 2015.
Mr. Sani, in a statement made available to the News Agency of Nigeria in Kaduna, also charged the APC to uphold the culture of internal democracy.
“The APC must device credible and just means of assuaging the fears of the Christians in the North and the Igbos in the South East, who felt a sense of marginalisation by the party.
“This needs to be done by their equitable representation in the party’s national leadership and other electable positions.
“This will help in neutralising the propaganda and misinformation by the adversaries of the party now effectively using religion to smear it,” he said.
On internal democracy, Mr. Sani said the APC “must provide a level playing ground for all its members and avoid and reject the corrosive and delirious attitude of imposition of candidates.
“Imposition of candidates by party lords had in the past negatively contributed to the failures of opposition parties to mount to power.”
The activist, who is a senatorial aspirant on the party’s platform, said the opposition party must develop distinct ideological direction to avoid being only an “assembly of enemies of PDP”.
According to him, the party should serve as a distinct movement with defined political and socioeconomic goals, seeking for power to serve the people.
He cautioned against harbouring all sorts of character in the party, saying people with pending corruption charges should “first clear their names in court before being considered for any form of position within or outside of the party”.
He noted also that the growing popularity of the party would not translate into election victories if it failed to devise “a readymade mechanism for challenging electoral fraud”.
The APC chieftain appreciated the growing influx into the party by PDP members but warned against allowing “moles” to take control and sabotage the party.