Recession responsible for APC crisis ~ Dalung, Minister of Youth and Sports


The Minister of Sports and Youth Development, Barrister Solomon Dalung, has said that persistent crisis in the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) may have been triggered by the nation’s current economic challenges.

Barrister Solomon Dalung

He said that the country’s economic recession had made it difficult to meet needs and aspirations of many party members.

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Dalung, who said this yesterday at the APC national secretariat, Abuja, urged feuding party leaders to bequeath a durable legacy by sheathing their sword.

The minister said: “We should try and appreciate the chemistry of what is referred to as APC today. APC started as an amalgamation of different political groups. It then graduated into a mass movement and formed government.

“Now, the management of that interest is very critical. But, the party is facing challenges. The government itself inherited a situation where it has more challenges of fixing the country. So, nothing or no good attention at all would have trickled down, in view of the economic situation government finds itself in. That situation is enough to stir bitterness in the party and give birth to crisis,”

“A politician is a very ambitious person. In everything he does, he calculates ahead of time. So, it could also be that some politicians had viewed the future and started getting ready to realise their next political ambition.

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 “There is no reasonable person in government that won’t be worried because the unity of the party is the unity of the government. So, we are concerned. Those that are involved in the crisis are our leaders and we respect them very much.

“As young people, what we expect from them is to bequeath durable legacies and I don’t think that crisis is part of what they intend to bequeath to us. They should be guided by this fact that the younger ones are interested to learn from them. Everybody should sheath his sword and appreciate the enormity of fixing Nigeria.”

It would be recalled that the national Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, and the party’s national leader, Senator Ahmed Tinubu, recently, took their differences over the gubernatorial primary poll in Ondo State, to the media.




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