APC group refutes reports of factionalism

Dr Aminu Isyaku, Director-General, Coalition of Progressive Youth Groups in Nigeria and the Diaspora (COPY-ND), a group within the All Progressives Congress (APC) has debunked insinuations that the party is factionalised.

Reacting to a communique earlier issued by the Progressive Youth Movement (PYM), another group within the APC, Isyaku told a news conference on Sunday in Abuja, that there were no factions in the party.

The PYM had purportedly dissolved the Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC) and constituted a new one.

The COPY-ND leader added that the illegal activities of the PYM had been reported to the police, to the Department of State Services and to other security agencies.

He described the action of the PYM as an illegality and part of a grand plot to destabilise the APC under the leadership of Gov. Buni ahead of the 2023 general elections.

Isyaku added that the so-called new leadership announced by the PYM for the APC does not represent the views of the teeming youths that formed the foundation and remained the asset of the party.

He maintained that the APC is a party of rules and due process and was too critical to the Nigerian youth.

He said the party would not be distracted by a mere press briefing and reckless announcement of new leadership arbitrarily named by a sponsored group that was alien to the COPY-ND and to the APC.

According to him, the Federal Government and the APC are determined to mainstream youths in all their activities, including bringing them into the National Working Committee (NWC), and the National Executive Committee (NEC)

He said it was unfortunate that rather than channel energies and votes to support the government and the party’s leadership, some youths were mortgaging these opportunities to those who were clearly manipulating them.

“While we acknowledge the democratic rights of all party members, it is our firm conviction that the focal point of any such rights should be in the interest of the country.

“It should be in the interest of the party and Nigerians and in line with laid-down processes and procedures available in the party’s structure,’’ Isyaku stressed.

He called on the APC leadership to investigate the root cause and personalities behind what he called the unconstitutional action of the PYM, adding that sanctions should be applied on it immediately.

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