The All Progressives Congress, APC, has postponed its state congresses scheduled for Wednesday to allow its governors attend the rescheduled expanded National Security Council meeting fixed for same day to discuss the security situation in the country.
In a statement issued in Lagos, yesterday, by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the postponement (to Saturday, April 26) was a confirmation of the party’s stated stand to be part of all genuine efforts to end the insurgency in the country.
APC reiterated its earlier warning to the presidency and Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, not to politicise Nigeria’s security and to desist from seeking to profit from the current state of widespread insecurity in the country.
APC said: “Cunningly edging out APC governors from last Thursday’s meeting of the expanded National Security Council is a bad strategy because despite belonging to the opposition, our governors are not any less of stakeholders on the issue of our nation’s security than governors of PDP or its satellite parties.
“As a matter of fact, three of the worst hit states are presided over by APC governors, hence they are indispensable to any serious effort aimed at ending the security conundrum.”
It wondered what the governors of PDP, Labour Party and APGA could have discussed with the President at Thurs-day’s meeting that they did not want APC gover-nors to know about.
The party said: “Every trick in the book was employed to give APC governors the impre-ssion that the meeting had been called off, only for those who believe they are the ‘real stake-holders’ to go ahead with the meeting.”