The Rivers State chapter of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has asked the Nigerian presidency to stay away from the internal decision processes of its party.
In a statement, the spokesperson of the APC in Rivers state, Eze Chukwuemeka, on Sunday asked presidential aide, Doyin Okupe, to stop meddling into the affairs of the APC.
Mr. Okupe had on Thursday posted a tweet saying that a joint ticket involving APC’s presidential flag bearer, Muhammadu Buhari, and the Rivers State governor, Rotimi Amaechi, as Vice President, would be a “fatal error”.
In his response, Mr. Chukwuemeka said “This is an issue that does not concern Dr Okupe, who is not a stakeholder in APC but the fact remains that if Buhari/Amaechi ticket is a fatal error then Jonathan/Sambo ticket is not only a disaster but an ectopic pregnancy that must be evacuated to save the life of the mother, in this case our nation.
“Anyone who fails an examination is asked to repeat; but when the failure is so dismal the person is asked to leave as Nigerians are asking President Jonathan and VP Sambo to leave as they have not only failed woefully but have endangered our nation to the extent that the need of Buhari/Amaechi ticket becomes imperative to save our nation from imminent extinction,” Mr. Eze said.
He also said Mr. Okupe’s comment is a sign of cowardice by the Presidency, “which lives in perpetual fear of Mr. Amaechi and has been having nightmares since news filtered out that Mr. Amaechi is in strong contention to emerge as Mr. Buhari’s running mate,” Buhari/ Amaechi ticket the best
Mr. Eze also stated that a Buhari/Amaechi ticket in 2015 is APC’s best bet of removing the PDP from power.
“With the myth surrounding Buhari combined with the bravery and sagacity of Gov. Amaechi, PDP’s days in the Aso Presidential Villa will surely become history by 2015.
“It is left to the APC power brokers to give a chance to this union if they are serious about ending the embarrassment that PDP has become in the politics of our nation,” he said of the opposition party that is yet to pick a running mate for its presidential candidate.
Mr. Eze said the APC is currently made up of two groups: the legacy parties, comprising of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples party, Action Congress of Nigeria, and Congress for Progressive Change; and the equity group who were members of the ‘new PDP’.