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APC Chieftain Criticizes Elected Officials and Party Leadership

Abuja, Nigeria – Salihu Lukman, the former national vice chairman (North-West) of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has expressed deep dissatisfaction with the performance of elected officials in Nigeria, stating they are worse than military rulers.

Reflecting on the state of Nigerian democracy, Lukman lamented, “Unfortunately, here we are, 25 years after, the welfare condition of Nigerians is unarguably worse. Unemployment and poverty incidences have increased. Poor management of national resources has continued so much so that the crisis of insecurity and threat to human lives is the new normal. The worst part of it is that we have elected governments, virtually at all levels performing worse than military rulers.”

Lukman, who previously served as the director general of the APC Progressive Governors’ Forum, also criticized his own party. He remarked, “APC is one glimmer of political hope, which emerged in 2013, elected as the ruling party since 2015, but emerging, so far, as another moonlighting phenomenon. Being a party founded with the vision of becoming a progressive party, it has crashed below whatever a political party represents, let alone being progressive. As it is today, its leadership does not obey its own constitution, it does not hold meetings and it is accountable to no one.”

He further noted that since the APC came to power in 2015 with former president Muhammadu Buhari, the party’s manifesto has been largely ignored. According to Lukman, party leaders have minimal influence over government management. “Processes of appointments into government and policy decisions have been made prerogative of the president at national level and governors at state level. Like under military rule when citizens were reduced to distant observers, under the APC, party leaders and members have also become distant observers.”

Lukman’s comments highlight growing frustrations within the APC and among the general public regarding the current state of governance and political accountability in Nigeria.

 

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