The All Progressive Congress (APC) was formed as a result of the various challenges that the opposition faced in the country ranging from gagging, manipulation, and blocking of their chances to compete at the state and central level. The merger of the various progressives gave birth to the party prior to the 2015 General elections. Chief Bisi Akande, elder-statesman, former deputy governor of old Oyo state and second executive Governor of Osun state became its pioneer chairman, later succeeded by Chief John Odigie Oyegun himself an elder-statesman and former Governor of Edo state before Adams Oshiomole whose tenure generated controversies, substitution, lack of respect for the rule of law and garage-style approach to issues which created rancor, division and lack of unity among party national working as well as executive committee members that led to the deserting of the national party secretariat by SenatoLawalShuaibuthe erstwhile deputy national chairman (north). The All Progressive Congress (APC) as a party that single-handedly defeated an incumbent administration of former President Goodluck Jonathan possesses a qualitative think tank, formidable team players, experienced politicians, elder-statesmen and women as well as decision-makers who are endowed with all that it takes to deliver democracy dividends but due to the one-sided, sectionalized and narrow-minded administrative blunders of Adams Oshiomole, all these astute members chose to form parallel groups. As 2023 general elections draw near, not just any egg head could be given the leadership of the party. Agreed that the Mala Buni led caretaker committee is taking steps to address certain issues, according to Hon Bashir Yusuf, the chairmen of the APC Aspirants Forum, Buni’s committee alone cannot unite the various factions due to the confidence issues some of them do not impose in the committee. The only better, experienced, educated, exposed and central force that can bring back the glory of the party is the immediate past executive Governor of Zamfara state, former reps member and former chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari whose positive antecedents as a former lawmaker in the lower chamber of the National Assembly made it possible for him, to be elected Executive Governor of Zamfara state twice during which he served as the Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF) and also a distinguished Senator. His stewardship as chairman of the NGF enabled the opportunity to make and take a decision for the general interest of the country which stands him the best to further bring back the lost glory of the party without mincing words, Governors are strong stakeholders in the APC affairs, as such, a former Governor like His Excellency Abdul-Aziz Yari possesses all the ingredients required to transform, unite, make a formidable plan and reconcile aggrieved members. When we formed the APC Aspirants Forum, the essence was to advise, support, and defend the rights and interests of all the aspirants either defeated or proposing to aspire under the umbrella of our great party. Some of the manipulations and wrong decisions of Adams Oshiomole as APC helmsman cost the party some states, federal constituencies, senatorial districts, and even image. All the discussions, meetings, and deliberations all fall on 2023 elections. And the questions that come to our minds as patriots of the APC are what become of the party after Buhari leaves in 2023? Can the APC still clinch the presidency? Has the APC delivered to the electorates the various promises made? To find answers to these questions was why we feel a bridge-builder and an easy-going party top echelon like Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari is the right candidate for the seat. He has the capabilities to reach out to lawmakers in the state, federal and senate, Governors and former Governors of the party aggrieved stakeholders, and even some of the party members that have left the party. If a mistake is made in selecting a neutral, accommodating, tolerant, and foresighted chairman, then the quest to hold grip the presidential villa in 2023 after Buhari could be a forgotten issue.There are insinuations and rumors going around that some agents of disunity, destabilization and disintegration of the APC have found places in the very heart and soul of some the party stakeholders in order to kill, malign, and put a stop to the victory of the party at all levels in 2023. The Edo and Ondo Governorship elections are clear manifestations of this intelligence findings going by how the Edo State Governor Godwin Obaseki was frustrated out of the party as well as the ousting out of the Ondo state Deputy Governor Jegede who all decamped to the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP). Most of the bye-election, elections and seats lost to the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) were as a result of the one-sided arrogant, ill-conceived, and myopic calculations of Adams Oshiomole. Senator Abdu-Aziz Yari seems to be the only true patriot and ambassador of the party who knows where the fault is, what went wrong, who did what, and remedies to the problem. Some bonafide members of the party truly believe in the capability and enterprising spirit of Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari as an astute elder-statesman of repute whose devotedness, patriotism, and commitment to nation-building during his stewardship as chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum was commendable and worthy of emulation. It was a time governors worked for autonomous revenue independence from manipulation of the presidency and creating enabling atmosphere to direct foreign investment to come to states. Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari’s valuable input, contributions and all-inclusive network in further propagating the Muhammadu Buhari anti corruption stance, fight against insurgency and respect for human right while in office and after office, enabled the President to trust him, seek for advice from him and exonerate him from any wrong doing as a former governor of Zamfara state against the expectations of some of his critics who had expected the President to arrest and possibly incarcerate him. Taking exemption of the first and second republics where party chairman, NWC, NLC, and stakeholders have supremacy, rapport and understanding with elected party officials like Governors, senators, house of representative members, Presidents and other appointees.
Most of the under developments, poor healthcare delivery educational deficiency, economic woes, abuse of human rights and other sundry issue. The major opposition party PDP is accusing the APC of were as a result of lacking an effective party administration that could compliment the giants of the APC led Buhari administration.
Be it as it may, the All Progressive congress through the emergence of President Muhammadu Buhari, has reduced corruption to the bearest minimum, re-integrated internally displaced persons into their communities, reduced bomb blasts, capacitated the apex bank and discouraged open bribery. There is no doubt that invisible visitations by ex public office holders like the former executive governor of Zamfara State His Excellency Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari to the President often acquint and intimate the President with developments ranging from spade of insecurity, human rights abuse, infrastructural decay, unemployment, cost of commodities and host of others. Effective party machinery exposes certain administrative tasks for the President and the country. The All Progressive Congress if care is not taken might take wrong party decisions.The American system of government which Nigeria is practicing called the Presidential system of government gives room for transparency, fair-play, equity, purposeful leadership and all-inclusive governance. Without the party, there can’t be an aspirant who transforms into a candidate. Therefore, President Muhammadu Buhari should support a clear choice of a man who had at one time united the state governors who are major links between the Presidency and the grassroots.
Senator Abdul-Aziz Yari, no matter what anyone would say, stands better chance above other contending candidates for the betterment of the APC as a major ruling party.