Former Governor of Kano State, Rabiu Kwankwaso, says the crisis in the National Assembly has led to a division within the party.
He also believes that the party may have underrated the capability of the G-5 governors in deciding on those that should vie for top positions in both the Senate and the House of Representatives.
The G-5 governors consist of five governors who defected from the Peoples Democratic Party to the APC, and they include, Kwankwaso himself as well as Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Alhaji Magatakarda Wamakko (Sokoto) and Kwara State Governor Abdulfatai Ahmed.
In an interview with reporters in Abuja on Monday, June 15, Kwankwaso stated that some of his colleagues (ex-governors) in the Senate were of the opinion that a certain party leader had a strong influence on the party and had gotten enough opportunity to nominate people for key positions.
He said: “The leaders of APC may have underrated the members of the G-5 governors and their potential to do good or to do bad depending on the circumstances.”
“On the issue of what went wrong with our party with regard to the crisis during the election of the National Assembly leadership, I think so many things went wrong prominent of which has to do with time.
“The election was something that has relationship with time and we know very well that we had so many weeks to prepare ourselves for the elections in the legislative chambers.
“I wished time was really taken to ensure that we had a successful election.
“Although this is not the time to begin to trade blames, many of us had drawn the attention of our leaders to do the right thing at the right time. Sometimes, you might decide to do the right thing at the wrong time that will certainly back- fire.”
“I think the party is unfortunately divided but it is not too late to correct things. The party should take steps to correct things and to ensure that the crisis is quickly put behind it,” Kwankwaso added.