The Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), a faction of the ruling All Progressives Party(APC), led by Buba Galadima, may have instructed its members to move into the main opposition-Peoples Democratic Party(PDP), a member of the faction told DAILY ASSET.
A member of the house of Representatives who is familiar with the inner workings of the R-APC said the decision was sequel to an agreement with leaders of the PDP that the those holding elected positions will be given “right of first refusal” to contest for the same positions in the 2019 elections.
The PDP is said to have agreed to grant automatic tickets to .all governors and National Assembly members from the APC who decamp to the PDP, as one of the strategies to wrest power from the ruling- APC.
At least 72 members of the House of Representatives and 27 senators have concluded plans to cross-carpet to the PDP, following the assurance of automatic tickets, DAILY ASSET was told.
The R-APC which announced the creation of its faction of the ruling -APC last Wednesday, it was gathered, is considering the governor of Sokoto State, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal and a former governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso as their preferred presidential candidates.
The faction, it was gathered, settled for the two aspirants because “they have no baggage,” and are not facing any trials.
It was further learnt that the group was more disposed to Kwankwaso, because of the cult-like followership he enjoys through the Kwankwassiya movement, which it is believed will match and deplete the numbers of President Muhammadu Buhari’s followers in the north.
By last week, leading members of the R-APC had begun movement into the PDP.
Senator Dino Melaye in a widely circulated video on Yutube said “He was happy with PDP as home”.
Similarly, Senator Shehu Sani(Kaduna central) was said to have written a poem and circulated on social media in which he mocked the APC on some its perceived weakness using the imagery of the a broom.
Galadima who announced the formation of the rAPC faction in Abuja, last Wednesday, at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, said the faction to be called rAPC had activated its parallel structures from the national to the ward levels, with leaders at each of the levels.
e factionalisation of the APC will now pave the way for its aggrieved members to rescind its membership, on the basis of factionalisation in line with the constitutional provisions which allows elected public o cials to change their political parties in the event of factionalisation.
Citing reasons for the factionalisation, Galadima, President Muhammadu Buhari’s estranged ally, said “Nigeria faces an existential threat arising from three years of near destruction of this country and the exacerbation of our ethnic,
religious and divisive cleavages.” “We will in concert with others o er real change to Nigeria. Not fake change.
‘’It is clear that our party needs a leadership that will live by its founding ideals. We have, therefore, decided to legitimately lead those members to work to rebuild our nation more firmly on genuine democratic principles, to enshrine good governance and restore the faith of Nigerians in the possibility of the existence of a prosperous, secure and peaceful nation,’’ he said.
He advised Nigerians not to despair, and assured that a rescue plan was being put together and would soon be unfolded.
Galadima who described the APC government as a monumental disaster, even worse than the government it replaced, pointed out that the party that was a vehicle for enthroning the Buhari government was rendered powerless by manipulations and complete lack of due process in its operations.
“You will recall that in the build up to the 2015 general election, some political parties and groups came together, and formed a brand new political party, the All Progressives Congress (APC). is merger was based on the strong belief that Nigeria had come of age, but was severely underperforming and unable to meet its potential for good governance.
‘’ The Nigerian people entrusted power to the APC based on its promises and potential. We are sad to report that a er more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely dashed. e APC has run a rudderless, inept and incompetent government that has failed to deliver good governance to the Nigerian people,” he stated.
Galadima accused the APC leadership of imposing dictatorship, impunity, abuse of power, complete abdication of constitutional and statutory responsibilities, in delity to the rule of law and constitutionalism, the outspoken former National Secretary of defunct CPC, said that the APC-led federal government had failed to ensure the security and welfare of the people and had elevated nepotism to unacceptable height.
He further accused the APC of failing to deliver on its key promises to the nation, saying that there was no evidence of political will to reverse the decline of the party, while leaders who had created these circumstances continued to behave as if Nigerians owed the party votes as a matter of right.
According to Galadima, the straw that broke the party was the congresses and convention held recently, which according to him, were intensely disputed as it was conducted with impunity, total disregard for due process, disregard for the party constitution and naked display of power and practices that have no place in a party they all worked very hard to put in place.
“ There are countless cases in courts all over the country challenging the legality of congresses and even the national convention itself. It is very likely that the judicial decisions on these cases will result in massive chaos, confusion and uncertainties.
“ The fate of a party in this state with a few months to the elections is best left to the imagination, but it is not a fate we believe our millions of members should be abandoned to. ere were parallel congresses in 24 states namely: Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto and Zamfara.
“ These congresses in wards, local government areas and states all over the federation produced different sets of delegates. We therefore had an unfortunate situation where the party has been seriously factionalised and divided in not just 24 states but the 36 states and Abuja FCT,’’ he said.
The factional leader said it was impossible for any fair-minded person to claim that a legitimate and lawful executive emerged from the Congress that was held, adding that the so-called national convention of the APC was even worse and riddled with “constitutional infirmities” that were so glaring.
Galadima accused the Chairman of the convention committee and Jigawa state Governor, Mohammed Badaru Abubakar, of declaring 18 seats unopposed and uncontested, since only one valid candidate stood at the end of the grossly manipulated nomination exercise for each of the o ces.
It would be recalled that in October 2017, Galadima then member of the APC Board of Trustees (BoT) hinted in an interview with a national newspaper that many members will dump the party for opposition parties in the near future, even as he accused the Presidency of being behind the issues that would cause the pending implosion.