Former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar, has faulted the national leadership of the All Progressives Congress for overruling the decision of its appeal panel on the Ondo State governorship primary.
Atiku, in a statement in Abuja on Wednesday by his Media Office, urged the National Working Committee of the party led by Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, to promote the rule of law and due process in the conduct of its affairs.
This, he said, was germane to the unity and stability of the party, adding that the leaders should stop breaking their own rules.
The National Leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, had in a statement criticised Odigie-Oyegun, for rejecting the recommendation of the appeal panel on the Ondo State primary of the party.
Tinubu, who called for the resignation of the national chairman, said Odigie-Oyegun was promoting injustice in the party.
In the statement by his media office, the Turaki Adamawa said it was imperative for the national leadership of the party to live by the rules of internal democracy and respect
for democratic consensus, warning that “you cannot break your own rules without creating problems.”
Atiku said the NWC was supposed to be an impartial entity in the arbitration of crisis among its members in any given election.
He said since the APC found veritable reasons to review the outcome of the governorship primary election and was able to establish valid grounds to cancel that primary
and call for a fresh one, the decision to deviate from its own resolution was a negation of due process and “an unfashionable hollow in democratic best practices.”
The former vice-president stated that it was wrong for the APC to have set aside a resolution it reached on the crisis.
He, therefore, advised the leadership of the party to do a soul searching on why problem arose and escalated.Punch