President Muhammadu Buhari has advised all members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) to abide by all extant laws, rules, and regulations guiding the party.
The Nigerian leader urged members of the ruling party to follow due process in all the party processes ahead of the 2023 general elections and develop more mechanisms against corruption.
President Buhari stated these at the party’s 11th National Executive Council (NEC) meeting held at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton, Abuja on Wednesday.
In a statement issued by his spokesman, Femi Adesina, the President also cautioned party leaders to avoid the imposition of unpopular candidates that cannot win the 2023 elections.
The president also warned APC members against oppressive behavior and in-fighting within the party, stressing that such would lead to the party’s loss.
The statement reads: “I enjoin you all to follow due process in all the party processes and more importantly to develop more mechanisms against corruption. I call on all party members to abide by all extant laws, rules, and regulations and to leaders of our party to avoid the imposition of candidates that cannot win popular elections.
“This dictatorial behaviour cost us many strategic seats in the past. In the recent past, this led to some of our strong members, unfortunately, opting to go elsewhere because of the unfairly oppressive behavior of party leaders at the state level.
“I must caution strongly against any tendency towards developing cliques, infighting within the party. We want to win well not succumb to factions on account of personal acerbities and desire to retain control at all costs. That surely is not the road to win.”