A support group within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has warned the leadership of the party against allowing just everyone to join the party.
The group identified as the National Committee of APC Support Groups for Senator Al-Makura warned the current leadership headed by the Chairman of the APC Caretaker/ Extraordinary Convention Planning Committee, Governor Mai Mala Buni to be sure of the intention of some defectors before allowing them into the party.
The group alleged that some defectors from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are joining the APC in order to escape prosecution by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) and continue to enjoy their looted funds.
The APC support group made its submission in a communique read by its national Chairman Chukwunonso David Ezedinma.
He said: “We also observed that, in the bid to attract more members to our party and swell the ranks of those that are seen as bringing better fortunes to the ruling party, the door of the Party has been deliberately widely opened to allow all manner of persons into the Party. We, therefore, warn that care must be taken to balance our quest for membership with the interest the Party advances to fight corruption, a cardinal objective for which the Nigerian electorate welcomed us in 2015.
“Our group is concerned that, it seems that men and women, who have been accused of perpetrating all manner of official sleaze, corruption and stealing, now feel that the only thing to do to be allowed to continue to “enjoy” their loot is to jump into the saving sheep of the ruling Party. We must not encourage this mindset in order not to toe the ignominious path of the PDP.”
Ahead of the APC national convention to elect a new set of national officers, the group asked stakeholders of the ruling party to zone the position of national chairman to the North Central zone.
Naija News recalls some prominent PDP chieftains have recently dumped the party to pitch their tent with the APC.
The gale of defections has included Ebonyi State governor, Dave Umahi as well as his counterparts in Zamfara State, Governor Bello Mohammed Matawalle and Professor Ben Ayade of Cross River.
Many National Assembly lawmakers have also joined the governors in defecting to the APC ahead of the 2023 general elections.