The National Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Mai Mala Buni says the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has refused to learn from its past mistakes that brought the party to ruins. He Identified the PDP’s penchant for impunity, non-adherence to due process and gross disregard for internal party democracy.
Mai Mala Buni stated this in an interview with Daily Trust Newspaper, published on Thursday, March 1, 2016.
The APC National Secretary also dismissed reports suggesting an internal crisis in the APC. He described the reports as “speculative”.
He charged the PDP to prevail on its members and government officials under the PDP administration involved in looting of the country’s resources to return the stolen wealth back to government coffers.
“It [PDP] should publicly direct its members mentioned in the diversion of public funds to return same or sanction them. It is only then that Nigerians will take PDP as a party that is willing to change the status quo.” He said.
Buni said the PDP’s 16 years of waste only succeeded in creating for the party, a crisis of confidence and dishonour. According to the APC National Secretary, the PDP, after 16 years of waste, maladministration, incompetence, massive corruption and ineptitude cannot pose any threat to the APC.
“You will also recall that security to lives and property in the last 16 years was brought to its lowest ebb. Nigeria also recorded its worst infrastructural decay, while young graduates were left without jobs. The ugly and unfortunate Immigration employment scam is still very fresh in our memory, when government officials defrauded jobless youth of millions of Naira and some were killed in the process.
“These and many more atrocities committed under the PDP administration have, and will continue to distance Nigerians from the party. It is therefore careless, fraudulent and misleading for anybody to think that Nigerians will contemplate entrusting their mandate quite so soon to PDP for another round of maladministration and hopelessness. Therefore, to think of PDP wrestling power from APC is a mission impossible.” He said.
Reacting to the recent boast by the new PDP Chairman, Senator Ali Modu Sheriff that he will bring back PDP members that defected to the APC, Buni said Sheriff’s wishes were ”funny and laughable”.
Buni said: “Mind you, one of the major problems that made PDP to lose its glory was doing things wrongly and with impunity; without regard to due process and internal democracy. It’s a known fact that many founding members and notable politicians left PDP for lack of this major ingredient of democracy. They defected to APC which is a party guided by due process, rule of law and internal democracy. They also contributed to the overwhelming victory of party in 2015.
“Surprisingly, the adoption of Sen. Sheriff as national chairman indicates the resurfacing of this ugly trend that dissipated the PDP. The controversy that greeted his emergence was so glaring; the process was rejected and rubbished, thereby generating irreconcilable differences between the Board of Trustees, Governors Forum, Legislators Caucus, former ministers and stakeholders.
Buni continued: “Presently, the party [PDP] and its leadership are suffering serious image and credibility problem to have the capacity to bring anybody back to its fold. However, if this [Sheriff’s] claim is anything to go by, this means bringing back former President Olusegun Obasanjo who publicly tore his PDP membership card. It also means bringing back former Vice President Atiku Abubakar who told the world that he has finally left the party for good.
“It also means making Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker Yakubu Dogara, Audu Ogbeh, Barnabas Gemade, Rotimi Ameachi, Rabiu Kwankwaso, Nasiru El-Rufai, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, Samuel Ortom, Aliyu Magatakarda Wammako and host of others to leave APC for PDP. Do you see this happening? I think, this is just a figment of his imagination. There is no such capacity and honour in the party leadership to make this dream work.
“In a nutshell, APC is not losing a sleep over the vituperation of politicians seeking relevance, and deliberately diverting public attention from the problems bedeviling the party [PDP].”
The APC National Secretary said President Muhammadu Buhari’s APC-led government has risen to defend lives and properties of the citizenry. “Nigeria has successfully battled Boko Haram, and security has returned to the hitherto “no go” areas in the North-East.” He said.