A frontline aspirant for the position of the National Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) Mallam Saliu Mustapha has said he is the only one in the race with enough institutional knowledge of the movement to guide the party in the right direction.
He made this declaration in an interview on Channels TV’s Politics Today on Monday night.
According to Mustapha, being an original member of one of the legacy parties, he knows what APC stands for and where it hopes to be in the future.
He said: “That’s the more reason I’m optimistic. That’s the more reason why I believe I’m the right choice for the party at this crucial time. One, nobody has the history of the movement the way I do.
“Two, I happen to be in the middle age of both demographies whereby the younger ones see me as a resemblance of what they believe in and I’ve been old enough to hang out with the older ones who have tutored me in this journey so far.
“As I said earlier, no one has the history of the movement the way I do. What people fail to understand is that CPC, ACN, and ANPP are from the same family. And that’s why we don’t need a stranger at this crucial time to lead the affairs of the party.
“We need someone who knows where we are coming from. Somebody who has the energy, the patience, the understanding and somebody who knows where he is going to and somebody who will add value to the whole arrangement.”
On what he has to offer as APC Chairman, Mustapha who is also the Turaki of Ilorin maintained that he is bringing something different to the table.
“I have made it a direct campaign policy if given the opportunity, to set up what is to be known as The Progressive Institute (TPI). This will be the first time in Nigeria that a political party is making sure the party operates like an institution.
“I will not shy away from responsibility. I will bring onboard a style of leadership we used in the days of the CPC whereby every week we had a management meeting. We never waited for things to pile up. We were so proactive. Every week we dissect state by state and find out what are the problems there. Not to just wait behind and begin to set up committees,” Mustapha said.
He added that internal democracy will be an essential part of the party set up on his watch to ensure that every member has a sense of belonging.