The Director-General of the Progressive Governors Forum, Salihu Lukman, has attributed the crisis in the party to the the leadership style of the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole.
Lukman in a letter addressed to Oshiomhole dated August 6,2019 titled, ‘Appeal for Reconciliation’ said the loss of Oyo,Imo,Zamfara and Bauchi states to rival Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) was due to internal crisis in the party and such may play out again in Kogi and Edo states ahead of the gubernatorial elections.
“As a loyal party member, I have difficulty reconciling the absence of meetings of superior organs given all the challenges the party is going through, warranting the suspension of three serving governors (two of them now Senators) and two members of NWC” he wrote.
He said, “My distant observation is that there is hardly any difference between your approach in managing the party and the way Chief Oyegun had managed it during his tenure.
“Instead, things have really got worse and painfully, it would appear, you are in denial of this reality.”
He noted: “It would appear that the leadership problems facing the party are getting deeper and in the circumstances the business of building the party will be sacrificed.”
“It is a painful reality that we have found ourselves in situation of near stalemate in many states under your leadership.
“Embarrassingly, our leaders, including your very self, appear to be stubbornly inconsiderate of other options of resolving these challenges.
“If the electoral loss of Oyo, Imo, Zamfara, Adamawa and Bauchi are not a wakeup call to the dangers that lie ahead, what could have been?
“Is it that our leaders are indifferent to the possible return of People’s Democratic Party (PDP)?” He queried.