APC chieftain and ex gubernatorial aspirant in Zamfara state, Hon. Aminu Sani Jaji has rubbished reports of factionalization within the party in the state.
According to him, every problem that made APC lose to PDP in the recent elections have now been fixed.
Hon. Aminu disclosed this in Abuja as he reacted to a story by APC Publicity Secretary in the state, Shehu Isah, who insinuated that he (Jaji) met with ex-Governor, Abdulaziz Yari in Abuja as a representative of the G8 group.
Isah said, “The G8 Group members include Sen. Kabir Marafa, Dauda Lawal, Ibrahim Wakala, Mahmud Shinkafi and Aminu Sani Jaji, among others.
“Mr Isah said one of the G8 Group members, Aminu Sani-Jaji, met with Yari at his residence in Abuja on Tuesday in that regard”.
However, reacting, Jaji said that he attended the meeting on a personal note and not as an APC member, and the G8 or any faction have stopped existing.
His words, “Yes, it is true that I met with the former Governor, His Excellency Abdulaziz Yari in his house in Abuja. But I want to clarify that I did not attend the meeting as a member of G8; I went there in my personal capacity as a member of our great party, who is committed to repositioning the party and putting it back on track to reclaim power in the state.
“The genesis of the meeting is that some people from our state, particularly from Yari’s side approached me and religious leaders approached me on the needs and benefits of the reconciliation as according to the teachings of our noble Prophet Muhammad which is beyond any political affiliation
“As far as I am concerned, G8 does not exist again in the party because the essence for which it was formed has outlived its usefulness. Therefore, we need to know that Sen. Marafa has aligned himself with the PDP in Zamfara, for that as an APC member, I have to ensure that all APC members come together for the interest of the party, both at state and federal levels”.
“I am a bonafide and committed member of the APC. I remain a loyal member of the party and I have accepted to work with other members of the party in the state to reunite our members and move the party to the next level.”
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The All Progressives Congress (APC) is a political party in Nigeria, formed on 6 February 2013 in anticipation of the 2015 elections. APC candidate Muhammadu Buhari won the presidential election by almost 2.6 million votes. Incumbent President Goodluck Jonathan conceded defeat on 31 March. This was the first time in Nigeria’s political history that an opposition political party unseated a governing party in a general election and one in which power transferred peacefully from one political party to another. In addition, the APC won the majority of seats in the Senate and the House of Representatives in the 2015 elections, though it fell shy of winning a super-majority to override the ability of the opposition People’s Democratic Party to block legislation.
Formed in February 2013, the party is the result of a merger of Nigeria’s three biggest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new PDP – a faction of then ruling People’s Democratic Party. The resolution was signed by Tom Ikimi, who represented the ACN; Senator Annie Okonkwo on behalf of the APGA; Ibrahim Shekarau, the Chairman of ANPP’s Merger Committee; and Garba Shehu, the Chairman of CPC’s Merger Committee. Ironically, less than 2 years before the party’s historic victory in the 2015 elections, Messrs. Annie Okonkwo, Tom Ikimi and Ibrahim Shekarau resigned from the party and joined the PDP.
The APC is generally considered to be a centre-left political party that favors controlled market economic policies, and a strong and active role for government regulation. A substantial number of its political leaders are followers of or politicians who subscribe to the social democratic political philosophy of Obafemi Awolowo and the socialist and anti-class views of Aminu Kano. Moreover, the majority of the APC’s base of political support is in southwestern Nigeria and Northern Nigeria, which are dominated by the country’s largest ethnic groups, the Yoruba and the Hausa-Fulani, respectively.
The APC support state’s rights, advancing state police as part of its manifesto. Its social policy is a combination of social nationalism. Despite the parties’ domination by pro-devolution politicians like Atiku Abubakar, Bola Tinubu and Chief Bisi Akande, the party’s presidential bearer and the CPC wing is less inclined to federalism.