Senator Rufai Hanga
From Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The string of electoral misfortunes currently bedevilling the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has been linked to the lingering conflict and crisis of confidence within the party, as an official saying the internal wrangling portrayed the organisation as consisting of a bunch of rascals.
The Protem National Publicity Secretary of CPC and a prominent member of the Senator Rufai Hanga-led group opposing the present national leadership of the party, Chief Dennis Aghanya, said yesterday in a statement that the party could not make progress unless it resolves lingering disputes within its ranks.
“We therefore wish to appeal to the Tony Momoh group to desist from portraying our party as a very hostile political party. This wrong impression must be corrected by desisting from making confrontational statements at every slightest national development. While it is necessary to observe issues and proffer solutions, we must ensure that we do not behave in a manner that would make the decision of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to fix February 18 and 25 for the conduct of the governorship elections in Sokoto and Cross River States respectively to be a source of concern to us. Society looks at us as a bunch of rascals,” he said.
Aghanya also said the confrontational manner in which the leadership of the party had conducted itself was portraying CPC in bad light, thereby making the party lose supporters in droves.
He said rather than quarrel about the election fixtures by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the party should work to resolve internal wrangling pitching its leadership against members.
“So long as the other political parties are ready to participate in any election, the CPC is also ready. Our only worry is that committed party faithful who would have dedicatedly helped in canvassing for votes have all developed cold feet because of this leadership tussle,” he said.
“We should be more bothered with the internal wrangling bedeviling our party which would remain an impediment to the realization of any anticipated or intended success. So long the national leadership tussle of the party is unaddressed we can never win any general election. Our performance at the just concluded governorship election in Adamawa state was abysmal," he said.
Aghanya bemoaned the poor showing by the party in the recent governorship election in Adamawa where the wife of the CPC Presidential candidate, Major General Muhammad Buhari (retired) hails from.
He said the Senator Hanga-led group was willing to work with any noble committee, including the El-Rufai-led Renewal Committee, in finding a lasting solution to the problems confronting the party, if that will bring the desired peace.