APC Congresses: Rivers APC Set To Deepen Internal Democracy
By Amaechi Okonkwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress APC has announced that it would capitalize on the release of the timetable for the conduct of congresses by its National Secretariat to deepen internal democracy in the party in Rivers State.
The Party has, therefore declared that it was time for all members who believe in the sustainable progress of the Party to focus its intense attention on the task ahead.
In a statement it issued in Port Harcourt yesterday, the Party said in reaction to the release of the timetable: “the stage is now set for all who are desiring to lead its membership to test their popularity in the field”.
Orient Daily recalls that the Rivers State Chapter of the APC could not field candidates for the 2019 elections because of internal wranglings occasioned by poor management of internal democracy, leading to litigations the eventually ensured that the party did not qualify to field any candidate for the election.
According to a statement signed by its Acting Publicity Secretary, Chief Ogbonna Nwuke: “The APC shall resist the temptation to be drawn into a conflagration which does very little to sustain its will to lay the foundation for the establishment of democratic structures through sustainable democratic processes that are known to law.
“We wish to state categorically that attempts by some persons who have taken to the airwaves and newspapers to create a semblance of conflict within the party is intended to divert attention from the effort of the APC to organize peaceful congresses across the State.
“Accordingly, we urge all members of our great Party who are in the habit of promoting verbal conflicts and others who may be drawn into the fray by such unwholesome circumstances to sheath their swords”.
The party added that to win the soul of the Party, members must focus on the task ahead through effective mobilization, saying that leaders and their followers were obligated at this time to focus intensely on providing leadership.
“Elections into Party offices are not won on the airwaves and pages of newspapers”, the APC went on, adding that they are won in the field where enthusiastic members of the Party are waiting to exercise their franchise.
The statement further said: “For the avoidance of doubt, the APC in Rivers State, working in consent with the National Secretariat, shall provide a level playing field for all who wish to participate in the forthcoming party congresses.
“No valid member of the All Progressives Congress who meets the requirements set out by the National Secretariat for those who want to contest the forthcoming congresses should entertain any fear of exclusion from the process. Those who are nursing ambitions are free to go about the business of canvassing for votes among members of our great party”, it concluded.