By Tony Nwanne
The Chairman of the Progressives Governors Forum (PGF) and Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha, said there is the need for amendments of the All Progressives Congress (APC) party in order to move forward.
Okorocha led some Governors of the party to address the grievances in the party threatening the progression of the ruling party on Wednesday in Abuja.
The APC chieftains met with Odigie-Oyegun-led APC National Working Committee (NWC) yesterday, said the party leadership needs to make some amendments to enable the party forge ahead.
Okorocha also met with the Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara where he said President Muhammadu Buhari would soon meet the APC leaders to address the problems in the party.
The APC has moved from one crisis to another since it took over as ruling party from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in May last year. The crisis started with the emergence of Saraki and Dogara against the wish of the party.
Some chieftains of the party have accused Oyegun of not exerting his influence on how the country is being run.
Recently, the party’s National Leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, asked Oyegun to resign, accusing him of working against democratic fair play in the handling of APC governorship primary in Ondo State, which produced Rotimi Akeredolu as the party’s candidate.
Besides, the APC is yet to have a Board of Trustees (BoT), which is seen as a serious setback for a ruling party.
While fielding questions from journalists after a closed door meeting, Okorocha said the talks focused on the need to restructure the party and ensure unity among its members.
“We noticed that there is so much bitterness among the ranks and members of our party and there is a need for communication and dialogue because where there is no communication and dialogue, war is inevitable,” he said.
“You may recall that it was the same National Working Committee (NWC) and these party leaders that saw us through during the last election. What that means is that these people were good enough. I want to assure them that no one will bully them out or hush them out. But there is need to make amendment which is natural with any human organisation.
“So, the party will be restructured for the purpose of making it stronger and to move forward as a people and as a party,” Okorocha said.
When asked to explain what he meant by party restructuring, he said: “No one is going to boot anybody out. Where there is need for amendment, we shall make amendment in order to save the party and move it forward.
“In every human organization, it comes a time when they restructure. It could be to add more people, it could be to strengthen the party at all levels. And, of course, you know that these people are duly elected people, whose tenure will expire by 2018. So, where there is need for restructuring, restructure.