The latest crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) is the emergence of the Reformed-All Progressive Congress (r-APC) last Wednesday and which may lead to the collapse of Buhari-led party and former secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, Alhaji Buba Galadima, was introduced as the National Chairman of the group.
He told a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja that the R-APC includes all the progressive forces in the APC, without mentioning the names, except the parade of paperweight politicians who were named as ‘officers’.
A major political player, chairman of the New Peoples Democratic Party that had joined the APC in 2014, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, was at the conference.
He said last Sunday in Ilorin that the New PDP would make its stand known this week.
His presence may, therefore, be taken that the R-APC and n-PDP are one and the same.
Galadima, who had expressed frustrations very early in the life of the APC government, claimed members of the R-APC included most of the leading members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigerian Peoples Party (ANPP), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and others.
It should be recalled that in the build up to the 2015 general elections, some political parties and groups came together, and formed a brand called the APC.
Galadima said “We are sad to report that after more than three years of governance, our hopes have been betrayed, our expectations completely dashed
The leadership of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) may have shelved its conciliatory stance towards its aggrieved chieftains who last Wednesday created a parallel group, ReformedAPC, (rAPC).
The aggrieved chieftains made up of members of the new Peoples Democratic Party, (nPDP) the All Nigerian Peoples Party, (ANPP) and the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, (CPC) announced Alhaji Buba Galadima as chairman of the (RAPC).
An indication that the Comrade Adams Oshiomhole-led national working committee was determined to adopt a belligerent position emerged yesterday in a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi.
Meanwhile, Chairman, Kaduna State Reformed All Progressive Congress, R-APC, Col. A. D. Gora (rtd), has stated that the emergence of the factional party was owing to the failure of the ruling party, APC, to meet the yearnings and aspirations of Nigerians.
Briefing newsmen in Kaduna yesterday, the chairman said, “You are all aware of the reasons informing the emergence of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) from the All Progressives Congress (APC). You are equally aware of how different political platforms collapsed to form the APC prior to the 2015 general elections. Sadly, the yearnings and aspirations of our people have not come to fruition both at the national level and in our dear Kaduna State in particular.
“Our people entrusted power to the APC based on its promises and potentials. We were made to believe that we were dealing with democrats, and so we entrusted them with our votes, little did we know that we were casting our votes to unleash the worse form of dictatorship on the hapless people of Kaduna State. As far as the politics of the North is concerned, Kaduna remains the bastion of democracy.
“Today, those ideals of democracy which include the right to vote and be voted for in free, fair and credible elections have all been stultified. The votes of the electorates no longer matter as there is no compliance with the Electoral Act.
“The dictatorship and its cronics, apologies and sundry criminally minded characters have arrogated to themselves the power to sit wherever is convenient to them to draw up list of winners of elections which never took place. This was the case with the 3-Man non-elective delegates election, the Ward Congresses and the fraudulent Local Government polls. Fundamentally there can be no democracy without the people. Any politician worth his/her salt must go to the people to seek their votes; anything short of this is fraudulent.
“The schism in the old Progressives Congress began to manifest not long after the swearing-in ceremonies in 2015 when it became apparent that many of the people who invested their time, resources and good will were abandoned in a political wilderness.
“There were complaints, petitions to the APC National Headquarters which were swept under the carpet or shredded, sending a clear message that the petitioners/complainants were no longer required in the Party.
“As a result of disagreements within the party, parallel congresses were held in not less than 24 States namely; Abia, Adamawa, Bauchi, Bayelsa, Benue, Borno, Cross Rivers, Delta, Enugu, Imo, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kogi, Kwara, Lagos, Niger, Ondo, Oyo, Rivers, Sokoto and Zamfara. These Congresses in Wards and Local Governments all over the Federation produced different sets of delegates. We therefore had a situation where the Party was seriously factionalised, in the 36 States and the FCT.
“Article 20(1) of the APC Constitution states, “unless otherwise provided for all party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections”. This was not the case in all the Party elections in the State.
“Even before these illegal exercises, which have alienated many members, there has been widespread disenchantment with the manner the party has run particularly in Kaduna State.
“Perceived opponents of the state government have been systematically been targeted as demonstrated by the demolition of properties of the then APC Vice Chairman, North West Zone along Yakubu Avenue as well as No. 11B Sambo Road Kaduna.”
“The Government believes in intimidating its perceived opponents using rouged elements in the uniform of the security forces, and when it is expedient hired thugs under its pay-roll in this circumstances, who is safe in our State?”
It lamented that the government of El-Rufai seeks to blackmail critics by calling them names that were demeaning, adding that, “The government consistently being saying that the opponents are only seeking that the State funds be shared to them while also accusing them of being power seekers.
“While people oriented projects have been commissioned in other more focused States, there are no such projects which will impact positively on the lives of our people. The campaign slogan of making Kaduna State great again is therefore a huge fraud.”
R-APC observed, “Our followership are fore-warned of the possibilities of more harassment, intimidation and blackmail as a survival strategy by the government but because we are focused we must therefore collectively stand together, so that we can wither the storm.
“The case of Kaduna State is particularly pathetic, given that prominent and founding members of the party in the state including two distinguished Senators were no longer found worthy of consultation in the party and the governance process. The worse form of arrogance has been on display since assumption of office of the present state government. worse of it all, the APC State Executive became an appendage of the state government and therefore rendered ineffectual.
“Our revered traditional rulers have been shown complete contempt, our educational system is in complete chaos and the civil service which used to be the envy of other States is now lying prostrate. Thousands of civil servants sacked without their entitlements paid. The above exemplifies the recklessness of the present government of Kaduna State.”
He assured that the R-APC would work with like-minded political parties and platforms to offer good governance to the people come 2019.
“We will in concert with others offer real change to Kaduna State; we are done with this fake change which the APC has offered to our party, while we despire we are yet hopeful that with you (the people) behind us we shall salvage our Sate and make it truly Great Again,” he assured.
In his reaction, the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiomhole, has said he cannot lose sleep over the breakaway faction of the ruling party.
Oshiomhole, while addressing journalists at the National Assembly after a marathon meeting with the APC caucus in the House of Representatives, described members of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC) as hired mercenaries.
The former Governor of Edo State said he had been engaging “real stakeholders” of the party, as part of measures of resolving the crisis in APC.
“There is no breakup in our party. If one Galadima is not happy, that is fine. He has a right not to be happy.
“If he chooses to call himself whatever he wants to call himself, that is not the issue. I will not lose my sleep over that. We know those who are in the system. Those who are seeking breakup that is their problem. We are engaging real stakeholders. I mean between the executive and the two arms of the national assembly.
“We have very important influential leaders we are engaging. If people are being sponsored by those who thought our convention will be a failure, those who were expecting implosion, so be it. If you reviewed the headlines before the convention, there were stories like people are going to walk out of the convention; people will boycott the convention.
“In the end, they were shocked to find out the president was seated, the senate president was seated, the speaker was seated and the national leaders were seated. Our chairman was seated. All the governors were seated. They were like what do we do next? If after two weeks of living in pains that they are disappointed, they find mercenaries who are willing to be hired for a purpose, they have right to be hired but will not cause any distraction within the core of APC leaders,” Oshiomhole said.
Similarly, the Senator representing Kaduna North on the platform of All Regressive Congress (APC)a, Sen. Suleiman Hunkuyi has disclosed that his membership of the the All Progressives Congress (APC) is on a very shaky state an end as plans on whether or not he would defect from APC would soon be concluded.
Hunkuyi made this known when he received a delegation of the Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) from Kaduna North.
The Senator who has been having a running battle with his state Governor , Nasir El – Rufai said he had detailed discussion with the delegation on how to work together to salvage Kaduna State from poor governance.
Hunkuyi and the other two Senators of the state had accused Governor El Rufai of injustice and high handedness.
Hunkuyi had also been attacked at different political foray in the state allegedly by party members who are sympathetic to El-rufai.
-Additional report from Tide