Arewa Consultative Forum Replies Bisi Akande, Saying His Claims Are Reckless And Unbecoming Of A Statesman
Idibia Gabriel, Kaduna Apex northern sociopolitical group, Arewa Consultative Forum (ACF), yesterday rose in stout defence of the North against tirades by former interim Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Bisi Akande, describing same as disappointing and unbecoming of an elder statesman. Chief Akande had alleged that the crisis rocking the APC led National Assembly was orchestrated by the northern elite and anti-Buhari elements.
Specifically, Akande had said: “Most Northern elites, the Nigerian oil subsidy barons and other business cartels, who never liked Buhari’s anti corruption political stance, are quickly backing up the rebellion against APC with strong support.
While other position seekers are waiting in the wings until Buhari’s ministers are announced a large section of the Southwest sees the rebellion as a conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba”. But berating the former APC chairman, ACF said: “It is sad that an elder statesman in the person of Chief Bisi Akande who worked so tirelessly with other Nigerians to form APC which subsequently won the 2015 elections at the Federal level and many states, to now say that the crisis in the National Assembly is a “conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba”.
Describng Akande’s statement as “most disturbing”, the ACF, in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Muhammad Ibrahim, said “the statement credited to Chief Bisi Akande former Chairman of ACN and one of the leaders of the ruling party the All Progressives Congress (APC) in most newspapers of 30th June, 2015 stated that “Most Northern elites, the Nigerian oil subsidy barons and other business cartels who never liked President Buhari’s anticorruption political stance are quickly backing-up the rebellion against the APC with strong support.
While other position seekers are waiting in the wings until Buhari’s Ministers are announced, a large section of the south-west sees the rebellion as a “conspiracy of the North against the Yoruba” is disappointing, reckless and unbecoming of an elder statesman of Chief Akande status.” According to the statement, crisis rocking the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC) over the election of the National Assembly Presiding Officers and the composition of principal officers is not only of concern to the ruling party but to all Nigerians in view of the ugly development in both chambers of the National Assembly.