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Wednesday, January 13, 2021

APC chieftain calls for immediate audit of APC national secretariat, strengthening bureaucracy

All Progressives Congress, APC chieftain and Director-General of the Progressive Governors’ Forum, PGF, Salihu Moh. Lukman, has called for the immediate audit of the national secretariat of the ruling APC as a way of strengthening its bureaucracy to contribute to national development.

This was contained in a statement issued by Lukman on Wednesday who hailed how American political institutions rose above the foibles of partisanship and ensured that the United States President, Donald Trump, was not allowed to subvert the democratic process.

Lukman maintained that Nigeria needs to learn from the US and build her institutions, noting that there is “the need to undertake an audit of what currently exists as the party’s Secretariat, its functions and personnel”.

“For instance, how is it structured to provide services to the APC as provided by the constitution of the party? Are there supportive rules provided for the operations of the party bureaucracy? How effective has the application of those rules been? What is required to strengthen the rules guiding the discharge of functions of the Secretariat?

“How are the personnel of the Secretariat recruited? Are there standard recruitment guidelines, highlighting qualification requirements? How can the process be strengthened?

“The third issue is the question of funding. How is the work of the Secretariat funded? Once funding is not guaranteed, it will affect the quality of personnel and also the proposals and recommendations which they make”, Lukman submitted.

Lukman opined that while it is very easy to raise these questions, it is however extremely difficult to get them to the level of actionable consideration by APC leaders.

“The fact that as members of APC we can raise these issues present some advantages for the party. As far as PDP is concerned these are issues that are foreclosed. As a party, PDP has over the years lived in complete denial of all its internal organisational challenges. Therefore, the issue of building the PDP as a strong institution is limited to winning elections, as far as PDP leaders and members are concerned. If anything, the lived experiences of PDP confirms that winning elections is not the same as strengthening the party. Even with weaker parties, elections can be won”, he added.


According to Lukman, the starting point should therefore be to strengthen the commitment of political leaders produced by the APC to consider rational political proposals and recommendations as well as their implementation, once decided.

“As Nigerians, we must wake up to the reality that there cannot be a strong democracy without strong political parties. Once our political leaders are unable to orient themselves to respect and recognize proposals from the party’s bureaucracy, they will be weak in respecting, recognizing or working with proposals from government bureaucracies when elected to office. There is no shortcut to these issues!”, Lukman added.

Lukman noted that given the role of political parties in producing political leaders, “once our parties are unable to recognize and respect the value of bureaucracies to guide processes of decision making and implementation within the party, elected leaders that they produce would most likely go into government with a mindset that at best disregard proposals and recommendations from civil service and other government bureaucracies”.

“This can only breed administrative authoritarianism, which as argued by Camilla Stivers in the book Bureaucracy, and the Study of Administration, ‘Administrative authoritarianism, officiousness, and arbitrariness are much more serious threats to the rights and liberties of the individual… The real protection of the citizens lies in the development of a high degree of democratic consciousness among the administrative hierarchy.’

“For us to be able to develop the needed democratic consciousness among the hierarchy of our political leaders, we need to focus ourselves on issues that will support the development of strong bureaucracies in our parties. As things are, what exists as bureaucracies in our political parties are highly fragile and hardly guide processes of decision making and implementation”, the PGF DG declared.

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