Members of Kogi All Progressives Congress (APC) under the aegis of Justice Forum has said that for the party to get return to its winning ways in the state, all hands must be on deck
The party, they said, has greatly lost ground.
They called on the national chairman of the party, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and National Working Committee members (NWC), to apply direct primary in choosing the party’s candidate, ahead of the November 16, state governorship election.
The group passed a vote of confidence in the leadership of Comrade Adams Oshiomhole; the national chairman of the party.
The APC group through their spokesperson, Dr Goodman Akwu said these in Idah at an interaction with some party gubernatorial aspirants from the Kogi East Senatorial district.
He stated that the essence of the interaction with some of the aspirants is to understand their vision and mission in order to measure how in their capacity solution to the problems bedeviling the state and how it can be addressed.
Akwu said that among others, the occasion was expected to be used to revive the party “everybody laboured to build in 2014, but which has been hijacked by some hawks, away from hardworking party members”.
“What is happening in the state now within the party is directly opposite of the vision and mission of the founding fathers, to the extent that it’s slogan, ‘Justice and Progress’, is turned upside down to ‘injustice and backwardness’, he said.
He stated that the challenge of the party started shortly after the death of Prince Abubakar Audu, the leader and the party flagbearer, in the 2015 Kogi governorship election.
He said that the outing of the Justice Forum in the ancient city of Idah was “induced by the emergency of the moment, which is aimed at reclaiming the original APC that brought the present mandate, for it to stand firmly on its feet as the November 16 governorship election gathers momentum.
“We are also here to form synergy and come out with a bloc vote to win the forthcoming governorship primary election. Running to Tinubu, Oshiomhole, Buhari, others cannot save any of us. The only way we can win effectively is to work collectively as a team”.
The Chief Convener, Dr Yakubu Ugwolawo, said that the ticket of the party resides with members, not the leadership of the party. He advised those “running to national leaders of the party to desist and focus on the home fronts”.
He enjoined all the gubernatorial aspirants on the platform of the party to move around and sell their policy to the people; convincing them that they can do better.