By Sunday John, Lafia.
Gov. Abdullahi Sule of Nasarawa State on Thursday warned political appointees and stalwarts of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state against anti-party activities, ahead of the 2023 general elections.
The governor gave the warning at a meeting with State Executive Council members, chairmen of local government areas, overseers of development areas, political appointees as well as members of his campaign council in Lafia.
Sule noted that as the leader of APC in Nasarawa State, he would not fold his arms and watch, as some officials threw caution to the winds and engaged in anti-party activities.
“We represent this party; we are the eyes of this political party. We are the ones that promote this political party.
“None of us should be seen promoting another party outside APC. If we do that, we are not being fair to the party and ourselves,” he said.
The governor noted that he could not be seen as carrying the flag of the APC and promoting another party, warning government appointees to desist from such aberration or face sanctions.
Sule, therefore, urged the party hierarchy to take punitive measures against any official found to be engaging in anti-party activities.
“I want to tell you first politely that, that is not right but I want to also tell you that if I find somebody doing that, I will not mind using the stick, instead of just the carrot.
“I think that is the right thing for me to do., I cannot be a leader, while things like these are happening and I just look the other way,” he said.
The governor noted that people had a choice to either belong to the APC or leave, adding, however, that it was morally wrong for an individual to hold a position in the party and be loyal to another party.
Besides, Sule underscored the need for tolerance, understanding and cordial relationship among government officials.
He decried the frequent friction between commissioners and special advisers, as well as chairmen of local government areas and overseers of development areas.
He also criticized the high number of litigations that trailed the party primaries and urged members to exercise restraint.
The governor said that the party had chosen to remain law abiding, by waiting for the courts to decide on who should be the party’s flag-bearers at the various elections.
He also informed the meeting that the party’s presidential candidate, Chief Bola Tinubu, would be in the state for the presidential campaign rally on Jan. 14.
He, therefore, charged the party officials and all stakeholders to work towards ensuring the success of the presidential campaign rally.