The All Progressives Congress (APC) Muslim Integrity Forum has appealed to President Muhammad Buhari and the party’s leadership to critically examine the past activities of whoever becomes the party’s next national chairman.
Malam Abubakar Yusuf, the forum’s National Co-ordinator made the appeal at a news conference on Tuesday in Abuja while speaking on the purported endorsement of Sen. Abudulahi Adamu, a former Governor of Nasarawa State as the party’s next national chairman.
He said as a party whose ideology was based on anti corruption, integrity and good governance, the APC could not afford to have someone that had been indicted for financial crime as its next national chairman.
This, he said, would be used against the party by opposition political parties during electioneering campaign.
“It has become very important for us as members of the APC to draw the attention of our party faithful, the national leader, President Muhammadu Buhari to the leadership tussle within the party.
“The APC as a party whose ideology is based on anti corruption, integrity and good governance can not afford to present an ex convict as the national chairman of our party, because it will be used against the party during electioneering campaign.
“They will laugh at us and rubbish the integrity of our party,” Yusuf said.
He added that even if the party had zoned its chairmanship position to the North Central, Abdullahi Adamu was not the only Muslim in the race from the zone, saying that there were others that could do the job.
According to him, Adamu lack the physical energy and charisma to move round the country and can not seat for long hours as it is required of a national chairman of a governing party like the APC because of his age.
“We appeal to President Muhammadu Buhari to critically examine the person of Abdullahi Adamu and his past activities, his integrity, commitment, age and physical fitness.
“We call on President Buhari and all leaders of our party to withdraw the purported endorsement of Sen. Adamu,” he stressed.
Speaking on the party’s current leadership tussle, Yusuf said the APC was not immuned against crisis.
He, however, added that the party had the best mechanism to resolve all dispute as far as party administration was concerned.
“As a party, we are not immune against crisis, we have the best mechanism to resolve all dispute as far as party administration is concerned and we will continue to handle our internal crisis and use the best amicable ways of resolving them,” he said.