Members of the new Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, say it is too early to know for certain if they will remain in the All Progressives Congress, APC, but warned that 12 states in the country, amounting to about four million votes, were at stake should its members decide to leave the ruling party.
The Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo, reportedly acknowledged this much when he met with leaders of the nPDP bloc in the APC at his Aguda House official residence in Abuja.
Newsworth recalls that the nPDP bloc had in an April 27, 2018, letter
addressed to the Chairman of APC informed the party of their grievances and expectations from both the party and the government of President Muhammadu Buhari.
The nPDP later added that they had met to consider the state of affairs in the ruling party and the country and had set up committees that will help it chart the way forward.
At the meeting with Osinbajo on Monday night, the nPDP members in attendance tabled their grievances and problems within the APC, which they said were reinforced by the parallel congresses held by the party in several states of the federation.
Members of the nPDP present at the meeting were former PDP acting national chairman, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara; Sokoto state governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Governor of Kwara state, Abdulfatai Ahmed; and Senator Rabiu Kwakwanso, former Kano governor.
In the federal government’s delegation at Monday’s meeting were the Deputy Chairman of the APC, Lawal Shuaib; Attorney General of the Federation, AGF, Abubakar Malami SAN; Deputy Chief of Staff to the President, Ade Ipaye; and the National Security Adviser, Babagana Monguno.
ThisDay reports that the meeting was cordial and that the Vice-President spoke convincingly, agreeing that “among those of them gathered, they represented 12 states, amounting to four million votes, and it was clear that without those gathered the party cannot win in those states”.
Baraje would later tell state house correspondents that the issues raised by the nPDP were being addressed and that they had made it clear to Osinbajo that their position had been justified by the unprecedented level of crisis bedevilling the APC where 22 states held parallel congresses recently.
“Members of the nPDP had written a letter to the party copying the president and the vice-president. So the party had invited us earlier on and now it is the turn of the vice-president, probably the next one will be with the president,” he said.
Asked if they were satisfied with the discussion with Osinbajo, he said: “So far, so good. We are looking forward to some of the promises. There will be other meetings because we have set up sub-committees and then we will now identify specific and general problems and then we will proceed to see Mr. President. But it was a very good meeting.”
Asked if the nPDP will no longer quit the party, Baraje replied: “It is too early to say.”