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Activist tasks APC on socio-economic growth

03 June 2013, 09:45

Abuja - A human rights activist, Malam Salihu Lukman, on Sunday charged the leadership of APC to develop an agenda and timeline for the socio-economic growth of the country.

Lukman specifically challenged the emerging mega party to set up time frames within which to eliminate poverty and unemployment in the country.

The activist made the call in Abuja at a Media Presentation of a book he authored entitled: "Engendering Progressive Politics".

He said that the fundamental objective of the book was to advice the leaders of opposition parties, currently negotiating toward the emergence of All Progressive Congress (APC).

The rights activist said that the merger negotiations present an opportunity for opposition’s political parties to record a major political milestone in the history of party politics in Nigeria.

"Merger talks represent significant opportunity for Nigerians to wrestle their country back from the dangerous brink that the PDP had led it to.

"No doubt, Nigerians desire the emergence of a party that will commit itself to foundational democratic values based on the supremacy of members of the party,'' he said.

Lukman also implored the leadership of the APC to ensure that internal democracy grew in the party, and said that the party must be superior to the political leadership, including the president.

He said that the interim leaders of APC should be well respected Nigerians whose integrity could hardly be faulted and would represent the best and most knowledgeable.

He stressed the need for APC to roll out a strong membership mobilisation programme, with a view to inviting all Nigerians to join the party irrespective ethnic and religious differences.

The Deputy National Chairman, Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Boss Mustapha, said that no individual could hijack APC based on its existing structures.

"We cannot have a democracy without well-organised political parties driven by competent and visionary leaders; we need to go back to the political drawing board to reconstruct our democratic bearing.''

Mustapha said the rationale surrounding the formation of APC was to address the yearning and aspiration of Nigerians for better leadership in the country.

He urged opposition parties involved in the merger negotiation to ensure unity of purpose and develop political ideology toward a progressive politics.


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