The current internal wranglings and crises within the All Progressive Congress (APC) will not spell doom for the party in the 2023 polls, Kebbi Governor, Atiku Bagudu, has said.
According to him, the strife and dissensions among party chieftains are evidence of good politicking in party politics.
Bagudu told State House correspondents in Abuja that rather than the country disintegrating, the disagreements in the party will bring out the best in the party and put the country on the road to progress.
He lauded the National Caretaker Committee of the party which he noted had attracted big politicians including some serving governors from the PDP and federal lawmakers.
“We have been a party that recognizes 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.
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“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 recognizes that for us to continue to deliver, we must debate, we must compete, and we must bring ideas to the government.
“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.
“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,’’ Bagudu said.
On insecurity in Kebbi state, he said: “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.”