A splinter group has finally emerged from the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) as the aggrieved members of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc of the party on Wednesday declared self as Reformed All Progressives Congress ( R-APC).
A former ally of President Muhammadu Buhari, Alhaji Buba Galadima, who heads the new group, announced its formation at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
Leader of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje was present at the press conference where the announcement was made.
Announcing the formation of R-APC, Galadima said that the local and state congresses as well as the national convention of the APC were undemocratic .
“The nPDP, a group that has made a major contribution to the emergence of the APC administration, has made strenuous efforts to invite attention to inequities, injustice and poor management in our party without any success.
“The nPDP had shown good faith and commitment to the party, but it has been rewarded with indifference and even contempt. It is obvious that the leadership of the APC has decided to shut out members of the APC, as well as other members who have raised genuine grievances and a desire to improve the responsiveness of the APC to the desire of members for a party founded on democratic principles.
“Under the circumstances, patriotic elements and most of the original founders of the APC have found themselves in the opposing side of this charade.
“Most of the delegates who bought and paid for forms for the congresses and convention and were elected as delegates have come together to take control and give legitimacy to APC to be now known as and called Reformed – APC (R – APC),” Galadima said.
Among prominent members of the group include Senate President Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, former governors of Kano and Adamawa states, Rabiu Kwankwaso and Murtala Nyako respectively, as well as Senator Dino Melaye
There are speculations that the formation of R-APC is the first step to the group plot to join other political parties and interests to wrestle power from President Muhammadu Buhari and the ruling APC.
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