The All Progressives Congress (APC) has postponed its state congresses scheduled for Wednesday to allow its state governors to attend the rescheduled National Security Council meeting fixed for that day.
The party and the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have been embroiled in accusations and counter- accusations over the non-participation of the governors of the APC in last Thursday’s expanded security meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan to discuss the security situation in the country.
But in a statement issued yesterday by its interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the postponement (to Saturday, April 26) was a confirmation of the party’s stated stand to be part of all genuine efforts to end the insurgency in the country, and its strong belief that bipartisanship must replace the crass partisanship of the presidency and the ruling party if the security crisis was to be overcome.
APC said it was again warning the presidency and the PDP not to politicise the country’s security and to desist from seeking to profit from the current state of widespread insecurity in the country.
‘’Cunningly edging out the APC governors from Thursday’s meeting of the expanded National Security Council is a bad strategy because, despite belonging to the opposition, our governors are not any less of stakeholders on the issue of our nation’s security than governors of the PDP or its satellite parties.
‘’As a matter of fact, three of the states worst hit by the ongoing insurgency are being presided over by APC governors, hence they are indispensable to any serious effort aimed at ending the security conundrum,’’ the party said.
It wondered what the governors of the PDP, Labour Party and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) could have discussed with the president at Thursday’s surreptitious meeting that they did not want APC governors to know about.
‘’Every trick in the book was employed to give APC governors the impression that the meeting had been called off, only for those who believe they are the ‘real stakeholders’ to go ahead with the meeting, and then attempt to deceive Nigerians into believing that APC governors shunned the meeting. “Unfortunately for the deceivers, truth – as always – has prevailed and they have fallen on their own swords,’’ APC said.