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"Those Who Hijacked APC From We The Founding Fathers Are Incompetent"

A former Minister of External Affairs, who was a foundation member of the ruling All Progressives Congress, Chief Tom Ikimi, says the ruling party has been hijacked by incompetent persons.

According to him, this is why the party has been experiencing crisis, culminating in the defection of aggrieved members to other political parties.

Ikimi, who is now a chieftain of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, added that those who hijacked the APC had failed to manage its affairs, leading to the “demise of the party.”

Ikimi spoke in Abuja on Monday during the inauguration of four committees by the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) to solidify the agreement signed by the 39-member coalition.

The committees are Contact and Mobilisation, Blueprint and Manifestos, Strategy and Planning, and Medial and Publicity.

The coalition, made up of 39 political parties and associations, was set up on July 9 by the political parties to wrest power from the ruling APC.

Ikimi is the chairman of the 23-member committee on Blueprint and Manifesto, which includes a former Governor of Niger State, Babaginda Aliyu; a former President of the Nigerian Bar Association, Dr Olisa Agbakoba (SAN), and a former Minister of Power and Steal, Mr Olu Agunloye.

A former Minister of Sports and Youths Development, who was until last week the spokesperson for the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdulllahi, was named as the head of the Media and Publicity Committee.

A former Commissioner for information in Edo State under the regime of Adams Oshiomhole, Kazeem Afegbua, and the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, are members of the committee.

The Strategy and Planning Committee is headed by a former acting National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, of the Reformed-APC.

The committee also has Prof Rufai Akali as a member, while the Contact and Mobilisation Committee has as members, Ibrahim Kazaure, Senator Dino Melaye and others.

Speaking to reporters after the inauguration of the committees, Ikimi said, “I was involved in the merger arrangement that produced the APC; unfortunately, some people who hijacked the arrangement could not manage it and that is why we are seeing the demise of the APC now.”

Ikimi said he was pleased that since the formation of the coalition, members had been “waxing stronger and stronger.”

“Not even one of the members has left the coalition and every time we meet, we are building our strength.

“Today, we have witnessed the inauguration of four very important committees of this coalition and its membership is drawn among all the 39 political parties.

“I am pleased to serve as the Chairman of the Blueprint and Manifesto Committee, which, indeed, will be that document that we will present to Nigerians that will contain all the things we will want to do for Nigerians in the next administration.”