A former Special Adviser to the President on Media and Publicity, Mr Reuben Abati, has described the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as a party that has not been able to develop into a party.
He stated this while appearing on Channels Television’s Politics Today.
Abati, who is also a former Chairman of the Editorial Board of Guardian Newspapers blamed the APC for failing to keep to its electoral promises to Nigeria before assuming power.
“It is unfortunate the APC has not been able to graduate, to develop into a party per se. It is still a party of disparate interest, conflict,” he said.
“It is a party that continues to implode within a lot of intrigues, with a lot of suspicion. What you are likely to have in 2018 is the possibility of the APC, many of those intrigues that have been managed carefully coming to the fore.
“On the other hand, you could also have the APC coming together as a stronger party in an attempt to hold onto power. But all of those dynamics, of course, the question to ask is how does it serve the interest of Nigeria?” he asked.
The former Guardian boss also explained that for the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to wrestle power from the ruling APC in 2019, it must first address the ‘internal contradictions’ within the party.
He added, “With the many challenges that the PDP administration has had, the PDP looks like it stands a good chance in 2019. But it may be sabotaged by its own internal contradictions and I had called for an attempt o address those internal contradictions frontally.”