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Amid the defections that have hit the All Progressives Congress in recent weeks, all former aspirants of the party under the aegis of APC360, have called on its presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, to urgently set measures to halt the “dangerous” trend.
They called on Tinubu to set in motion a strategy that can halt the unwelcome development.
The APC360, consisting of aspirants who contested for various elective posts at the parties primaries from the 36 states of the federation and Abuja, raised the alarm after an emergency meeting in Abuja.
The National Secretary of the APC360, Chris Enoch, in a statement, said supporters of the APC were deeply concerned about the fact that the party hierarchy have still not arrested the situation.
Aside thousands of supporters at state level, more than eight Senators have dumped the APC, including the Senate Majority and Minority Leaders.
At the House of Representatives, more than 25 lawmakers have also defected.
Enoch said as a critical stakeholder, the group cannot close its eyes against the dangerous trend sweeping away party members like the flood of Mesopotamia.
He said, “It is also hazardous and harmful to the health and wealth of our great party, particularly when we are preparing for a national election.
“We as members of the only pressure group that has invested in this great party through the direct purchase at expression of interest and nomination forms, etc. are concerned because of our belief that the massive decamping which is being surreptitiously tarried out is planned and calculated to frustrate the coasting to the victory of Tinubu at the in-coming general election by those who have scores to settle with the party or are holding grudges and to this end are working against the party.
“Some of these defection cases are sponsored by some powerful members who feel dissatisfied with the mood and manner by which the party has treated them with the conduct of the primaries while others are borne out of the allegation that the party hierarchy abandoned and relegated them into the background after victory not acknowledging or compensating them for their huge efforts and heavy commitment to the party before victory.
“We as vested stakeholders in the party can no longer stay akimbo and pretend that things are okay, while large number of significant members particularly aspirants from 2015, 2013, and 2022 primaries, are decamping to strengthen opposition parties which give them listening ears.”