As feelings of ill treatment within the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress, APC, continues, a chieftain of the party and former North-West chairman of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change, CPC, Alhaji Ahmadu Dan Zago, has said if the situation was not checked, it could affect its performance in the 2019 general elections.
He called on the leadership of the party to quickly take decisive steps towards resolving its problems if the party was nurturing any serious plans towards maintaining power in the 2019 general elections.
Alhaji Ahmadu Dan Zago, a Special Adviser on Food Security to governor Abdullahi Ganduje of Kano State, enjoined the party leaders not to be in a hurry to forget that the party took power from PDP, stressing that steps should be taken to put the party in order before 2019.
The APC chieftain also urged President Muhammadu Buhari to put in more efforts and remain the masses’ hero.
“It is important that they must put more effort and make sure that all these crises in the APC are tackled quickly. You must go house-to-house and settle all the aggrieved members of the APC.
“But if they keep quiet until they come to them and even when they do, they will just put a committee in place and then forget about it, they should not forget about 2019 because Nigerians are dynamic.
“We should remember that we took the government from PDP, we should not be in a hurry to forget about the past. The other party refused to settle their differences and that led to their loss and disagreements,” he cautioned.
On the allegation by a group accusing them of being sponsored by some interests within the party ahead of the 2019 general elections, Dan Zago said, “They want to get something that is why they are saying all these.
“We are not angling for anything. Some of the people back then in CPC are now in the government but we, the founders, are not at the national level, but most of us in our forum are at the states as chairmen of boards, commissioners, advisers and so on.
“We are not jobless, even the President knows that we have jobs. We supported him since when he joined politics in 2002 and we have been together with him, never changing any party.
“Most of them have changed parties but some of us have never, you can ask anybody. From ANPP to CPC to APC, we have not changed our party. And what that means is that we are not people who are given to selling ourselves.
“We are not asking President Buhari to do anything for us. We are not jobless neither are we looking for work. We have a lot of work to do. What we are saying is that we are the people that took CPC to its first destination which was the merger.
“In 2002, nobody forced us to support Buhari and the same happened in 2015, nobody forced us to support him. We saw his character, vision and everything that is why we supported him and we still support him up till date.”
He advised President Buhari to be wary of those surrounding him and not to change his forthrightness and love he had for the masses for the overall unity, peace and development of the country.