APC not different from PDP – Ex-Vice Chairman

A former National Vice Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Salihu Lukman, has said that there is no difference between the ruling APC and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

Lukman stated this during an interview on Channels Television’s Politics programme, adding that the APC was now becoming worse than the PDP it came to replace.

He explained that the creation of APC was necessitated by the opposition PDP becoming a one-man show where internal democracy had been dumped and candidates imposed on the electorate.

According to Lukman, they came up with the idea of the opposition parties merging to form APC to defeat the PDP and correct some of the anomalies noticed at that time.

The politician also said part of the ruling party’s problems started from Muhammadu Buhari’s administration, wherein he was like an emperor because he was the singular electoral asset of the party.

Lukman said; “We were clear on the kind of party APC should be. We saw the weaknesses of the PDP, apart from the imposition of candidates, part of the problem was that elected candidates were not accountable to the party or anybody and we thought building the APC would depart from that and that was where the slogan ‘change’ came from.

“When the debate about the manifesto of the party was going on, the conception was that the party was going to be social democratic with a priority on the issues of health, education and social services but the party has deviated.

“We were hoping with Asiwaju (President Bola Ahmed Tinubu), things will start changing. We are having a party where some of its organs have not been convened since its formation. We are having a party in which for one year no meeting has taken place and that party is controlling the government”.