Former Ekiti State Governor, Dr. Kayode Fayemi, has called on the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) to actively participate in policy formulation and communicate the party’s manifesto effectively for implementation by the government. Fayemi emphasized that party leaders, led by Dr. Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, should relay feedback from Nigerians to President Bola Tinubu, urging against reliance on information from closed-door discussions in the villa.
Fayemi made these remarks during the public presentation of the book “APC and Transition Politics” written by Salihu Lukman, a former National Vice Chairman (North-West) of the APC, in Abuja on Tuesday. He commended Lukman as the conscience of the APC, advocating for a progressive party and urged leaders at all levels to use the book’s message to initiate the rebuilding process of the party.
Addressing the gathering, Fayemi stressed the importance of the APC being actively involved in policy-making rather than being mere spectators. He underscored the party’s role in projecting its manifesto and providing feedback to the president based on the concerns of communities and constituencies.
In response, former APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, advised Lukman to seek internal resolution of party issues and offer advice internally before going public. Oshiomhole acknowledged criticism from Lukman but pointed out that the author failed to acknowledge his contributions, including significant financial support for APC candidates in the 2019 general elections.
Lukman, in his remarks, expressed that his motivation for writing the book was to stimulate discussion within the party and encourage party leaders to embrace and integrate its principles into party structures. He highlighted the need for critical support to revive party structures and emphasized the essence of progressive politics in improving the quality of life for future generations.