By Michael Peter
Abuja- Following the ruling of the Supreme Court, declaring Ahmed Markafi as the authentic national chairman of the PDP, the newly Installed National Vice Chairman (North East) of the All Progressives Congress, APC Mustapha Salihu has said that the PDP is no match to the APC irrespective of who is its national chairman.
Addressing newsmen in his maiden press conference since his emergence as the National Vice Chairman, (North East), Comrade Salihu said the PDP must be viewed from the position of an institution and not any individual, as the Party during its 16 years of reign in the country, messed up the Nigerian State.
He said “Markafi, Sheriff or any other person being the PDP chairman, doesn’t threaten us. We must look at the party as an institution and not the individuals”.
“This is the same party that institutionalized corruption in this country. This is an institution that dilapidated our infrastructure, an institution that perpetrated insecurity. As long as that institution remain we are not threatened by anybody as its Chairman” he insisted.
On the protests by a section of aggrieved party members in the region over his emergence as the North East National Vice Chairman, Salihu maintained that his his emergence is a product of the support he got from all the six State party Chairmen and governors of that region.
He said “you said protest from the region but from the presence here u can see the region here. So who is protesting? These are the six party chairman and they came here with the mandate of their State Governors. So in the real sense who is protesting?”
Recall that the Adamawa state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) nominated Comrade Mustapha Salihu to replace Engineer Babachir David Lawal, on the National Working Committee of the party.
Babachir was the APC’s National Vice Chairman (North East) until his appointment as SGF by President Muhammadu Buhari in August 2015.
However, in a letter addressed to the National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the Adamawa APC chapter of the party forwarded the name of Comrade Salihu to take over the position pending ratification by a convention of the party.