The All Progressives Congress Youth Development and Solidarity Vanguard have warned those it described as troublemakers and agents of destabilisation to quit their quest to jeopardise Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee’s roadmap for the party.
The group also vowed to resist anyone who imports thugs and miscreants into Abuja from Lagos or Kano to stampede the committee from carrying out its duties to project the party for victory ahead of 2023.
The APC Youth, Development and Solidarity Vanguard gave this strong warning at a press conference today in Abuja.
Speaking on behalf of the group, Secretary-General, Hon. Tobias Ogbeh, passed a vote of confidence on the Governor Buni-led committee, noting that it has already surpassed expectations.
According to Ogbeh, the committee has quelled the crisis in the party, united faithful and set the APC on the path for groundbreaking success in 2023.
He admitted, however, that despite these gains, some saboteurs have relentlessly tried to undermine the party under different guises, including launching judicial challenges to the legality of the committee.
Ogbeh said these saboteurs are people who pretend to be APC members at the national, state and even ward levels yet deployed different schemes to intimidate the committee.
But Ogbeh warned these saboteurs to desist from incurring the wrath of party men and women, who he said: ” will not hesitate to activate the full weight of the law to curtail the illegalities they are perpetrating against the party”.
The group also said anyone trying to force the committee to leave office when it has not finished its mandate of rejuvenating the party is either of the PDP pretending to be APC or saboteurs who want the party to lose future elections
It, however, urged the committee to rise above the distractions that are being placed in its path and forge ahead to consolidate the party.
Read full statement below:
Gentlemen of the press, the All Progressives Congress Youth Solidarity Vanguard (APC-YSV) has been closely following and monitoring development around our great party’s Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee and we are compelled to make our intervention.
We like to state categorically from the onset that we are 100% behind the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee. We believe in its ability to deliver on the assignment that our great party has entrusted to it, the being committee being populated by persons with high moral standing and unquestionable loyalty to the party and an evident commitment to its success.
For the avoidance of doubt, it is on record that the Caretake Committee under Governor Buni’s leadership has consistently lived up to expectation. Save for its nomenclature, it has delivered value to the party on a scale that challenges the performance of a full-fledged EXCO. Even more impressive is how it ensured that the crises that necessitated its constitution did not fester to become worse while assiduously working to unite the party and heal the tears of division that had hitherto threatened to undermine the internal cohesion of the APC.
Sadly, from the inception of the Committee, there have been an unrelenting war by enemies of the APC to undermine the body in the hope that they will sabotage the party by so doing. These saboteurs have packaged their attempts to undermine the party under different guises including launching judicial challenges to the legality of the Committee, questioning its composition, picking holes in its mandates, expressing doubts in its timelines, and dismissing the outcomes it will deliver even before it has properly started its work.
Interestingly, these saboteurs masquerade as stakeholders with germane concerns. These are people who pretend to be APC members at the national, state and even ward levels to be eligible to institute lawsuits in the hope of using same to hobble the Committee. Their intention is to use these suits to prepare the ground for making APC ineligible to field candidates in future elections. They are the ones hoping to prevent the committee from doing its work.
The saboteurs even pretend to be analysts to float all manners of perverted conspiracy theories in the mainstream and social media, all in efforts to distract the APC Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee and derail it from delivering on its mandates. Even more laughable is the presentation of these saboteurs as support groups, geo-political and state groups, and even pressure groups of our great party. What stands these frauds out is their singular commitment to destroying the work the Committee working to reposition the party.
It is interesting to note that those posturing as party members, analysts and members of youth support groups are operatives of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who hold the childish notion that they are suitably placed to destroy the APC from inside having operated as PDP’s sleeper agents within our great party for some time. In addition to being operatives and agents of the PDP, some of these individuals are anarchists, whose murderous and destructive intentions spill beyond destroying the APC to include the destruction of Nigeria as a nation.
These latter sets of saboteurs are the ones that have been importing thugs into the National Headquarters of our party, ostensibly to intimidate and stampede the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led Committee. The manner of characters they import to the National HQ under the guise of being affiliated to the APC is so appalling bearing in mind that our great party is too refined and polished to have such characters as members. Their very appearance contradicts the finesse and intellectual drive for which our party is known.
Even worse is their mission, which centres around attempting to coerce the Committee into altering the roadmap it has drawn and is implementing for stabilizing and growing the party. Their warped belief is that the APC will die once they can railroad the Caretake Committee into progressing in error by stampeding it.
The All Progressives Congress Youth Solidarity Vanguard therefore categorically warns all these saboteurs to desist from incurring the wrath of party men and women, who will not hesitate to activate the full weight of the law to curtail the illegalities they are perpetrating against the party.
We categorically warn those behind this illegality that any attempt by import thugs from Lagos or Kano or any other part of the country into the National Headquarters of the party in Abuja will be met with stiff opposition by progresive youths of the party. We will impose the needed democratic lessons and discipline on them so that they will appreciate the place of decorum and respect for processes.
Our Vanguard want everyone to note that no one is in doubt as to the primacy of the Caretaker Committee at this critical juncture of our party’s history and evolution. Any attempt to iintimidate coerce or sponsor paid agents to force the hand of the caretaker committee will be met with stiff resistance from those of us with the genuine interest of the party at heart. The saboteurs should stay warned.
We charge the Governor Mai Mala Buni-led All Progressives Congress Caretaker and Extraordinary National Convention Planning Committee to rise above the distractions that are being placed in its path as it forges ahead to consolidate our great party. It should implement urgent measures to keep the National Headquarters free of all manners of imported thugs for it to have time to complete the assignment that it has so far executed flawlessly. We make bold to say that history will reckon with the great service the committee has rendered through its steadfastness.