Nigeria News: Before APC Will Collapse
Nigeria News takes a look at the plot by the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP within the All Progressives Congress to decamp and its implication.
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, APC has no better option than to meet with the aggrieved members who have called themselves new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP.
The group gave the APC one week ultimatum to dialogue with it or it would go its own way. Led by one-time Acting PDP National Chairman Kawu Baraje, the group had accused the APC of sidelining its members in the last three years of this administration.
The APC leadership agreed to have a meeting with nPDP, which eventually took place on Monday.
It was rumoured that the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara were among the prominent members of the APC that might cross to nPDP.
About two weeks ago, the Governor of Kaduna State, Mallam Nasir El-Rufai said that the defection of the aggrieved members or formation of nPDP, would not in any way affect the victory of President Muhammadu Buhari in 2019.
He stated that APC would not mind meeting with those who are aggrieved for fairness sake but it would not have any impact on Buhari’s chance in 2019.
Baraje said that the APC, which the members of the nPDP joined to form and win the 2014 election had since alienated his members from governance.
The nPDP wrote a letter to the APC last week with the advice to call an urgent meeting so as to avert the plan by prominent members of the APC from defecting.
One of those who signed the letter was the former Osun State Governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola who had since resigned from Buhari’s government.
Oyinlola who joined former President Olusegun Obasanjo to form the African Democratic Congress, ADC was among the nPDP that aligned with the APC then.
A source said that the meeting with the nPDP in Abuja on Monday was a formality and avenue to grant the aggrieved fair hearing. He said either the meeting holds or not, the nPDP members had made up their minds to defect.
Our correspondent learnt that those who would be quitting APC soon include Senator Dino Melaye, Senator Shehu Sani, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, Senator Danjuma Goje, Senator Adamu Aliero, Senator Suleiman Nazif, Senator Aliyu Wamako, Senator Hamisu Misau and Senator Sani Yerima.
It was also learnt that scores of members of House of Representatives would leave APC alongside Dogara soon.
But to ensure that this does not happen, the APC leadership met with the aggrieved members of nPDP on Monday. But there are no indications that the APC could persuade the aggrieved nPDP to stay.
The reason is that the last Saturday states’ congresses showed that APC is yet to mend its broken walls at the state level, which of course is a factor the nPDP members will have to consider very well if they will have to remain in APC.
It was double, double, Melaye had described the APC congresses. Some states now have APC factions with two leadership. A very good example is Lagos.