Abdullahi Adamu, has read the riot act to members and leaders of the party, urging them to be fully loyal to him or face the consequences of disloyalty.
Adamu said he would not entertain any form of disobedience to constituted authority or divisive tendencies that governed the party in the past.
The chairman made these statements at the party heaquarters on Wednesday when he received instruments of office from the outgoing Chairman of the Party’s National Caretaker Committee and Governor of Yobe State, Mai Mala Buni.
“I want to say on behalf of the new NWC that it is not going be an easy time for us. We have a major event that is going to test us on how stable we are as a party. That is the general election that is coming. For me, by the time, we start working, our main task will be how we handle the elections as a party, how we will win the general election. People are talking, APC does not have an incumbent on the ticket. We will have the honor of the integrity and the legacy of the current President on the ticket.
“We will work day and night. We have less than 12 months to face the general election. So, everybody should buckle up. The little I have heard about the President is that he has complete allergy for failure. So, failure will not be in APC from today. We will work for success together. To my colleagues, if there is any issue, don’t begrudge me, let me know.
“I promise you in the spirit of collective leadership that team work is the only way. I cannot deliver alone. What I am asking for is something called ‘loyalty’. You have to be loyal. You must have one team. If you bring division tendency, we will deal with it. This country is greater than any one of us. And this party is bigger than any single member of this party. So, that is the spirit I am taking the leadership of this country,” he said.
Speaking earlier, Buni said his Committee did its best for the party and rated its performance to be 70 percent.
“We have done our best in the membership registration exercise. We have done the Ward, Local Government, State Congresses and up to the National Convention. That cannot be without problems here and there. But, by and large, we have succeeded. We can say we have recorded 70% success for a big political party like APC with over 41 million members,” he said