By Yahaya Usman
Kebbi state Governor Atiku Abubakar Bagudu has assured that the internal wrangling within the All Progressives Congress (APC) would not make the party sink ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The governor, who said this Wednesday while fielding questions from State House correspondents at the Presidential Villa in Abuja, noted that difference in opinion was part of party politics.
Bagudu said instead of disintegrating, the current disagreements in the party would eventually bring out the best in the ruling party and lead it to progress.
The governor said despite the wrangling, the APC, under the present national caretaker committee, has attracted more people, including serving governors and federal legislators.
“First, let us know that the distinction between democracy and possibly other forms of government is that there will be differences of opinion and the hope that such differences of opinion will from time to time bring out the best or move society forward.
“We have been a party that recognises that there will never be one voice and we don’t pray that there will be one voice. We pray that people should be able to express themselves, bring different ideas, even when they conflict those ideas within the systems created by the democracy sit and iron them out.
“To suggest that because there is dissent or differences in opinion, that it will affect the fortune of our party, I think that is quite far-fetched. We are a party that recognises that for us to continue to deliver, we must debate, we must compete, and we must bring ideas to the government.
“Mind you, remember that particularly in the last two years, under the current caretaker committee chairman, Mai-Mala Buni, three serving governors, one serving deputy governor, a number of serving senators, members of the National Assembly, former this, former that have joined the party.
“That is the best evidence that this party is continuing to deliver on the promises that Nigerians have trusted us with, under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari,” he said.
On insecurity in Kebbi state, the governor urged Nigerians to be cautious about security issues.
“I think Nigerians; we have to be contextual about security issues. We are part of the human race and as long as the problem is not solved, anywhere, you cannot escape it sometimes.
“Many gains have been made, that is the thing, but there will always be that isolated or sporadic issue somewhere. What is important is for us to strengthen each other, strengthen our communities, support our communities, support our security agencies, support measures that will ensure that we will dominate rather than those who do not wish us well,” he said.