President of the Senate, Ahmad Lawan, on Monday evening said that the All Progressives Congress might face challenges after the exit of the President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), from office in 2023.
Lawan gave the warning on Monday night in a speech delivered to close the First Progressives Youth Conference 2021 which held at the International Conference Centre, Abuja.
Lawan said the party must begin to plan ahead to sustain the goodwill and legacies of Buhari, otherwise, the party might not survive beyond 2023, according to a statement from his media office.
He said the party must ensure that power should be handed over to competent youths in the party.
In the statement which is titled "APC may face challenges after Buhari's exit in 2023 – Lawan ", the Senate President noted that by doing so, the party would be able to retain its appeal and nationalistic outlook beyond the 2023 general elections.
He said, "Whether we like it or not, the truth is, President Muhammadu Buhari remains the person with the bulk of the support we get across this country in the APC.
"And when he leaves, he would still have some roles, but I daresay that it is after he leaves office that APC will face its challenge.
"Yes, we have to know our value then, and the value of APC presently is APC minus President Muhammadu Buhari. Whatever it is, that is the value of APC.
"So, we need to do a lot to build this party, and we need our youths more than ever before for them to continue with this legacy that this administration has established all over the country.
"That means we have to see ourselves as brothers and sisters regardless of where we come from."
Lawan added, "our tribe or even ethnic group, our religious persuasion should not matter when it comes to uniting this country.
"And as APC, the onus is on us to provide security and an economy that will bring growth and development to give people the kind of life that is meaningful.
"We can ask others to join us, but we are the ones to do it, so we need all hands on deck."
He lamented that the plan of the APC to deliver on most of its promises to Nigerians was stalled in the first tenure of the President Buhari administration as a result of the feud between the National Assembly and the Executive arm of government.