APC Affirm To Punish It Faction Group
APC Affirm To Punish It Faction Group.
The All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday denied the existence of the breakaway Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC), warning members of the group could face punitive measures. The caution which came as sound warning to the party members who may consider to leave the party for opposition for selfish interest. This was after the statement by the party’s spokesman, Bolaji Ahmed, accused some of the members forming their group within the party, trying to create a false impression that the APC is factionalised.
Bolaji stated, “While we shall continue to monitor developments in this respect, we will not hesitate to take lawful actions to defend the unity of our party and protect the sanctity of its identity. We are currently reviewing the action of this so-called faction, in order to determine if any aspect of the party’s constitution has been breached with the connivance of any of our members,” the APC said.
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He said: “Having failed to scuttle the national convention as was their original plan, they have now resorted to this subterfuge as a way of achieving the pre-determined end of causing confusion.
“As a matter of fact, we doubt that these individuals parading as leaders of the so- called faction are actual members of our party. We are currently investigating their true membership status within the party.” But APC chieftain and chairman of the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), Abdulaziz Yari, sounded conciliatory, expressing confidence a truce would be reached between both parties.
Following a meeting at the Presidential Villa on the deadlocked deliberations of the Federal Allocation Accounts Committee (FAAC), Yari told reporters that although he was worried about the development, it was something the party could handle. Urging both sides to be calm, he said: “You know that with the approach of election, you will expect this kind of thing.
You will expect crisis left, right and centre, especially in a party with an overwhelming majority, because of political interests. The most important thing is that with the emergence of new leadership everything will be resolved. Therefore, no panic.”
This came as House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara met with APC National Chairman Adams Oshiomhole yesterday at the National Assembly Complex, urging the party to ensure justice. The speaker, who has been linked with the formation of R-APC, stressed that while the APC might be imperfect, justice is non-negotiable.
“Our only expectation is the issue of justice. And justice is indivisible.
What is justice to the executive should be justice to the legislature and it should be justice to the judiciary,” adding: “Once we are able to get these things in their proper perspectives, to some extent, we will be able to silence the voices of dissent within the party.” He expressed optimism the Oshiomhole-led National Working Committee would tackle the challenges confronting the party.
Oshiomhole said he would count on the lawmakers to reposition the APC ahead of the 2019 polls, noting: “Every person matters in our party because all members voluntarily moved from various political platforms and dissolved those platforms in order to give birth to the All Progressive Congress.”
The Edo State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), meanwhile, welcomed the emergence of R-APC, urging the group to focus on rescuing Nigeria from the ruling APC. Chairman Dan Orbih said: “We are gladdened to know that democratic and progressive elements have come together to join forces with concerned Nigerians to rescue the country. Edo PDP looks forward to your positive contributions to the development and nurturing of a healthy political space, overflowing with love and respect for one another.”