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Inherited Problems, 2019 Elections Causes of APC’s Crisis – Solomon Dalung



Solomon Dalung

Solomon Dalung

The Minister of Sports, Solomon Dalung, said the seeming crisis in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) may not be unconnected with 2019 elections.

Dalung said this on Thursday in Abuja while briefing newsmen after visiting the party’s National Chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, at the secretariat.

According to him, most of the challenges inherited by President Muhammadu Buhari-led administration were also causing unrest.

Signs of cracks in the APC emerged recently when a national leader of the party, Bola Tinubu, called for the resignation of national chairman following the outcome of the party’s governorship primary in Ondo state.

The minister pointed out that APC was a party that embodied diverse interests, started out as an amalgamation of different political groups and graduated into a political party that formed a government.

“Now, the management of that interest is very critical, but the challenge the party is facing, and the government, is that the government inherited a situation where it has more challenges of fixing the country.

So nothing or no good attention at all would have trickled down along the line in view of the economic constraints government found itself.

That is enough to stir bitterness in the party and this can give birth to crisis.

The second perspective you could take a look at has to do with the future, a politician is a very ambition person.

In everything he does, including the step of movement, he calculates ahead of time.

So, it could also be that some politicians had viewed the future and they are already dusting weapons for a political showdown to set the tune of their political ambition,” Dalung said.

He expressed worry about looming crisis in the party and called on the leaders involved to sheath their swords.

“There is no reasonable person in government that won’t be worried, because the unity of the party is the unity of the government. So we are concerned; our position is to appeal that all those that are involved in the crisis are our leaders and we respect them very much as young people.

What we expect from them is to bequeath durable legacies and I don’t think that crisis is part of what they intend to bequeath to us.

They should be guided by this fact that the younger ones are interested to learn positively from them.

Everybody should sheath his sword and appreciate the contribution of re-fixing Nigeria and let the future determine,” Dalung said.

On the recent defection of the former governor of Plateau, Joshua Dariye, from PDP to APC, Dalung said “the action shows that APC has something to offer.

“For us as members of the party, it is a thing of great joy and is an endorsement of our manifesto as the only credible manifesto that can stand the test of time for now in Nigeria. So, we welcome his return to the APC family and we wish him the best as we journey together in repositioning Nigeria.’’

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  1. EC

    October 6, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    Seeing this mans face just doesn’t do it for me ?. Why is he minister of sports.

  2. Tosin

    October 6, 2016 at 11:17 pm


    the closest thing to sports in all he said was “sheathe their swords” so i’m guessing FENCING? Nigeria is building a fencing team?

  3. tsquaremodel

    October 7, 2016 at 2:27 am

    ok now! Inherited problems this, inherited problems that, we have heard ALREADY, our ears are itching!!! Minister of sports,2019 elections discussion in 2016 or am I missing something here??? I don’t understand what is happening in Nigeria again o

  4. nnenne

    October 7, 2016 at 2:55 am

    Repositioning Nigeria or repositioning your pockets?
    @ Tosin…. you got me rolling on the floor

  5. Iris

    October 7, 2016 at 5:58 am

    2019! When nothing has come out of 2015 abi? Gerrarrahere. Ugh these creatures are annoying

  6. Ibex

    October 7, 2016 at 6:22 am

    These people have not been able to pull us out of the mess they put us but here they are, planing for 2019 SMH

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