The Minister of Sport and Youth Development has finally spoken out on the current crisis rocking the ruling ruling All Progressives Congress, especially the rift between the national leader and the national chairman.
Solomon Dalong during the Ministerial screening
While speaking to journalists on Thursday at the national secretariat of the APC in Abuja, the Minister of Sport and Youth Development, Solomon Dalung, said that the current crisis rocking the governing ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), is largely about the ambition of some politicians for future offices.
According to a report by Premium Times, the minister said further that the problems inherited by the party made it impossible for leaders to pay attention to party members, leading to frustration.
“I think we should try and appreciate the chemistry of what is referred to as APC today. APC started as amalgamation of different political groups then graduated into a mass movement and formed the government.
“The significance of this was that these are political systems that are an embodiment of diverse interests.
“Now, the management of that interests is very critical, but the challenge the party and the government is facing is that the government itself inherited a situation where it has more challenges of fixing the country, and so nothing or no good attention at all would have trickled down along the line in view of the economic constraints.
“That is enough to stir bitterness in the party and this can give birth to crisis,” he said.
It can be recalled that he APC is currently in crisis after its national leader, Bola Tinubu, asked the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, to resign after he accussed him of going behind the back of members of the National Working Committee to nominate Rotimi Akeredolu as the candidate of the party for the forthcoming governorship election in Ondo state.
Dalung however called on the leaders to forget their differences and allow the country to move forward, adding that the crisis was about the ambitious plans of politicians ahead of the next round of elections.
“The second perspective to the crisis has to do with the future; a politician is a very ambitious person. In everything he does including the step of his movement, he calculates ahead of time.
“So, It could also be that some politicians had viewed the future and they are already dusting their weapons for a political showdown to set the tone of their political ambition,” he said.
He said those in government were worried over the development. “There is no reasonable person in government that won’t be worried, because the unity of the party is the unity of the government,” he said.
“So we are concerned, our position is just to appeal because all those that are involved in the crisis are our leaders and we respect them very much as young people. What we expect from them is to bequeath durable legacies and I don’t think that crisis is part of what they intend to bequeath to us,” he said.