The All Progressives Congress, APC, has shelved its state congresses earlier slated for Wednesday, April 23, to allow state governors under the platform of the party to attend the rescheduled expanded National Security Council meeting, fixed for same date (Wednesday) to discuss the security situation in the country.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the opposition party said the postponement to Saturday, April 26, is a testament to the party’s stated stand to be part of all genuine efforts to put an end to the activities of insurgents in the country and its strong belief that a multi-party approach must replace the crass partisanship of the presidency and the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, if the security crisis must be overcome.
APC renewed its earlier warning to the presidency and the PDP not to politicise Nigeria’s security and to desist from seeking to profit from the current wave of widespread insecurity in the country.
”Cunningly edging out the APC Governors from Thursday’s meeting of the expanded National Security Council is a bad strategy because, despite belonging to the opposition, our Governors are not any less of stakeholders on the issue of our nation’s security than Governors of the PDP or its satellite parties.
”As a matter of fact, three of the states worst hit by the ongoing insurgency are being presided over by APC Governors, hence they are indispensable to any serious effort aimed at ending the security conundrum”, it said.
It wondered what the Governors of the PDP, Labour Party and APGA could have discussed with President Jonathan at Thursday’s surreptitious meeting that they did not want APC Governors to know about.
”Every trick in the book was employed to give APC Governors the impression that the meeting had been called off, only for those who believe they are the ‘real stakeholders’ to go ahead with the meeting, and then attempt to deceive Nigerians into believing that APC Governors shunned the meeting. Unfortunately for the deceivers, truth – as always – has prevailed and they have fallen on their own swords”, it said.