According to Mr. Buni, the APC is fighting to hold onto power so that it may successfully carry out its platform and enhance the quality of life for Nigerians.
The All Progressives Congress (APC), which is now in power, claims that its goal is to hold onto power for 10 consecutive terms, or 40 years.
This was announced by Mai Mala Buni, the party’s acting national chairperson, on Tuesday in Abuja during the inauguration of the 61-member Strategy and Contact Committee in preparation for the general elections of 2023.
On Monday, the party released the members of the committee.
The committee, which was flanked by governors, senators, and other key party members, according to Mr. Buni, “was one of the APC’s effort to effectively organise its congresses and convention to usher in its next crop of leaders.” According to the 1999 Constitution, an elected government in Nigeria has a four-year term restriction before new elections are called (as amended).
President Muhammadu Buhari is presently serving his second term after winning the president in 2015 with the APC. He is prohibited from running for office again by law. “Our objective is to offer a wheel that will propel the party beyond its sixth, seventh, eighth, ninth, and even tenth terms in office in order to successfully implement the party agenda, enhance the lives of Nigerians, and continue to be the country’s most influential political party.
At the event held at the NEC hall of the APC headquarters in Abuja, he said, “This committee is thus extremely crucial to our process of transition towards successful congresses and national convention and, to construct a very solid, reputable and reliable future for the party.”
The biggest opposition party in the nation at the time, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), had predicted that it would rule for at least 60 years. However, after 16 years in control, the party was ousted by the APC in 2015.
Additionally, Mr. Buni reaffirmed his dedication to resolving the party’s ongoing problem and ensuring inclusive leadership at all levels.
Governor Badaru Abubakar of Jigawa State, the committee’s chairman, urged more involvement from party members in party matters in his speech. During its recently completed membership registration and revalidation drive, Mr. Abubakar said that the APC registered at least 36 million members.
The ongoing registration drives have further shown the popularity of the party in the nation, he added. “I observe with praise that numerous Nigerians have continued to join the party daily.”
We will work diligently as a committee to support the party in adhering to the timetable while keeping in mind the one the party has made public.
“Initially, we produced membership forms for only 10,000 people, but we soon reached a membership of 10 million, and today we have 36 million members, which is still insufficient. We are currently printing more because people are impressed by what President Muhammadu Buhari has accomplished with the resources available to him.
Mr. Abubakar gave a positive reaction when asked if the committee chaired by Mr. Buni will successfully carry out the power transition by June 2020 as proposed.
Gbenga Daniel, a former governor of Ogun State who just switched parties to the APC, and Iyiola Omisore, a contender for governor of Osun State in 2018 from the Social Democratic Party (SDP), both of whom recently joined the ruling party, attended the event.
Akinwunmi Ambode, the recently-resigned governor of Lagos, was also present. The committee appointment marks Mr. Ambode’s first political appointment following his unsuccessful 2019 reelection campaign.