Division has crept into the ranks of the members of the dissolved National Working Committee, NWC of the All Progressives Congress, APC as the threat to seek legal redress over the dissolution of the body.
Immediate past spokesman of the party, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu became the first NWC official to pull out of the rebellion against the president with a declaration to support the preservation of the president’s legacies.
The Hillard Eta led group had vowed to seek legal redress against the dissolution of the NWC on the claim that Chief Victor Giadom did not have the legal basis to summon the NEC meeting that dissolved the NWC.
Dissociating who was one of those mentioned in the statement issued by Eta on Thursday as opposed to the dissolution on Friday pulled himself from the rebellion.
In a statement made available to GWG, Issa-Onilu said:
“I was not just a proud member of that organ, I was also the Spokesman of the party. It was a privilege to have the opportunity to serve under the governing party of a government led by President Buhari.
“However, by this statement, I am speaking in my personal capacity and not for anyone or group.
“I have reflected on the events of the past few days and the outcome of Thursday’s NEC meeting and as a party man, I declare my support for the actions taken by Mr. President.
“Like the President said, the party was ominously hanging on a cliff and as expected, something had to give way because the APC could not have continued along that obvious path of destruction.
“I therefore call on every member to rally round the Caretaker/Extra-Ordinary Convention Planning Committee led by H.E. Mai Mala Buni, an experienced party administrator and other eminent members of that committee who, of course, are our compatriots, as they embark on the process of rebuilding our party to the height we all desire.
“Ours must be a party that is strong and truly progressive; one that can provide our government the support it requires to deliver more dividends of democracy.
“We all have the obligation to subordinate our individual interests to the collective interests of our government and country.
“The task of preserving President Muhammadu Buhari’s unprecedented legacies is not negotiable.”