APC vice warns chairman Adamu his leadership looks to end badly like his predecessors
NEWS DIGEST – The Chairman of the All progressive Congress, Abdullahi Adamu, has been accused of making decisions that affect the party without informing party members.
Mallam Salihu Lukman, APC North-West National Vice Chairman, said this, along with other anomalies within the party, could cause Mr Adamu’s stint as chairman of the party to end on a sour note like his predecessors.
“Under your leadership, the current NWC is gradually snowballing into similar circumstances whereby decisions taken are allowed to lay bare and, in some instances, changed without necessarily taking needed steps to carry members along,” Mallam Lukman said.
According to him, the party could be set for a new leadership crisis if the party’s National Working Committee continues to fail to faithfully implement agreements by party members.
“The other challenge is how as NWC we seem to be handling very critical responsibilities of managing affairs of the party very casually,” he said.
Mr Lukman said Adamu, who emerged as chairman in March, has failed to commit work towards improving the state of the secretariat since setting up a transition committee to take stock of what was inherited by the new leadership.
The committee would report that a big percentage of the more than 200 employees in the party secretariat were without valid letters of employment nor a standardised condition of service.
This, Mr Lukman said, is “very shocking.”
“Statutory requirements for taxations, pensions and insurance benefits as provided by relevant labour laws are not being respected. There were claims by legal firms about liability owed for legal cases handled without valid contracts,” he added.
So far, Chairman Adamu has only asked Directors in the secretariat to embark on leave pending the outcome of the investigation, but Mr Lukman noted that it was clear to members that the party would need to let go of the directors and most of the workers.
“However, as important and laudable as these decisions would appear to be, it is inadequate if it is not matched with initiatives to standardise operational practices in the National Secretariat, especially in terms of ensuring that employment requirement conforms with extant labour laws,” he said.
According to Mr Lukman, the APC could soon find itself in a situation where its current operational principle could become the acceptable practice and “new Directors and workers would be employed without any commitment to meeting provisions of the law with respect to employment standards.”