The Director General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF), Salihu Lukman, has said the All Progressives Congress (APC) does not need a “rugged captain” to remain in power for 40 years.
Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, a former governor of Borno State, was speaking to newsmen a few days ago about the need for a tough and resilient leader for the party, which he said aims to continue to be in power in the coming decades.
However, in a recent AIT program, JIGSAW, where he discussed his new book, “APC Litmus Test”, Lukman said only Nigerians who are eligible to vote can determine whether or not the APC can govern for those years.
“The other issue is the way the party is organized. I have seen somebody recently running for the national chairmanship of the party saying the party needs a tough person who can govern for 40 years.
It is not a question of how long you rule but how you are able to constantly endear yourself to the citizens that a progressive should be thinking.
“If you say you want to rule for 40 years, it is a question of going to lobby citizens to vote you. This is where we are coming from in terms of manipulating elections and what have you and these are the brutal issues in terms of politics in Nigeria which will take time to change. It is not a one day thing, it is a life journey and we have to embark on that journey,” he said.
In his remarks, he urged the new crop of the National Working Committee (NWC) who will emerge at the upcoming convention to ensure that the membership data is computerized.
Our membership data cannot be preserved in an inefficient manner. We must ensure that our membership data is updated electronically rather than in an inefficient manner,” he said.