The All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, has been accused of being behind the insecurity ravagingBorno State and other parts of northern Nigeria.
This view was expressed by the chairman of Borno state chapter of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties, CNPP, Babagana Musa, while speaking at a meeting of members the Borno State chapters of the Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, to fashion out modalities of working with the ANPP in the newly registered All Progressive Congress,APC.
The recently registered APC comprises of the ACN, CPC, ANPP and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA.
Speaking at the meeting, Musa, to the embarrassment and unease of many present, said that theANPP constitutes the major problem to Borno State, just as the Peoples Democratic Party,PDP,remains Nigeria’s biggest problem.
“We all know that Borno state problem is the ANPP. Since 1999 to date, the ANPP ruled BornoState and the dividends of democracy ANPP is giving Borno people is the present insecurity and instability,” he said..
The CNPP chairman, now a chieftain of the APC, lamented that “the incompetence of the presentANPP government in Borno state leads to so much hardship”, noting that many pledges the party remain unfulfilled.
Musa added that the new party must seek alliance with other smaller existing parties to work together to oust the PD in the 2015 general election.
Musa’s critical comments, however, did not go down well with other chieftains of the APC at the meeting who quickly distanced themselves from his view.
The other politicians who were visibly embarrassed quickly clarified to newsmen who covered the event that the CNPP chairman’s comments were his personal opinion and did not reflect that of the new party.
In his own remarks earlier, former chairman of the ACN in the state, Kawu Tijjani, observed that the coming into being of the APC is not a mere change of name of three parties but a voluntary collaboration by them to make a difference in Nigerian politics.
Former chairman of the CPC in Borno State, Ibrahim Elzubairu, who chaired the meeting said that the new party would bring “a new beginning, politically, free from the divisive, restricted politics of recent past, characterized by fear and hero worship.”