Alkali warns Buhari against selfish party leaders



FORMER National Publicity Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prof. Rufai Ahmed Alkali, has warned President Muhammadu Buhari to watch his back regarding the antics of some leaders of his All Progressives Congress (APC), which he said contradict his vision for Nigeria.

Alkali, reacting to the recent election of the National Assembly leadership and the consequent reactions from stakeholders within and outside the APC, reminded Nigerians of his earlier position on the APC leadership, noting that the party is not mentally prepared to govern Nigeria with its complexities.

“I have observed with keen interest the scenario in the National Assembly that resulted in the election of Bukola Saraki, Yakubu Dogara and other leaders of NASS,” he told journalists yesterday in Abuja yesterday.

“What attracted my attention the more, though not surprising, were the incoherent and contradictory responses from the leaders of the APC, especially the faction led by the former governor of Lagos, Ahmed Bola Tinubu, who outright rejected the outcome of the election and without decorum blamed President Buhari as being responsible for the debacle.

“This is indeed a clear confirmation of our earlier warning and advice to the APC to plan more and talk less. Undoubtedly, things have started falling apart in the APC.

“From the look of things, the greatest obstacle to the Buhari administration is not the PDP and other political parties but some of the over-ambitious leaders and members of his Party, who believe they have invested so much in his election and cannot wait a day longer to collect returns from their investments.”

Commenting on Ike Ekweremadu’s emergence as Deputy Senate President, the former political adviser to former President Goodluck Jonathan rejected insinuations that the failure of all APC-anointed candidates was the handiwork of PDP.

“Whoever said the PDP is dead and buried should please show me the cemetery and the grave where the PDP was buried,” he began. “Nigerians should not forget that some of the members of the PDP who joined the APC went there as a result of some circumstances but the souls and minds of most of them are still in the PDP.

“Remember, most of those who left were founding fathers and senior leaders of the PDP in their respective states and zones. This is therefore just the beginning of the beginning.”

Ultimately, Alkali congratulated Saraki, Ekweremadu, Dogara and his deputy, Yusuf Suleiman Lasun, and other elected leaders of the eighth National Assembly and urged them to put the events of last week behind and forge ahead with the discharge of their duties.

He warned them that the task of moving the nation forward lied squarely on their shoulders irrespective of party affiliation.

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