- Accuses Saraki of sponsoring Baraje
By Umar Muhammad Puma
Some members of the defunct New People Democratic Party (nPDP) that merged with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in 2014 has distanced themselves from Abubakar Baraje-led group.
Baraje-led nPDP had last week given the APC leadership and President Muhammadu Buhari a seven day ultimatum to address the issue of marginalisation, and oppression against its members,
The latest group, led by Senator Adamu Abdullahi, also accused Senate President, Bukola Saraki of being the brain behind the Baraje’s faction of nPDP.
Addressing journalists yesterday at APC National secretarial, Sen. Adamu said his group was also part of nPDP right from beginning, adding that all the allegations raised in the letter submitted by Baraje group were false.
In another letter submitted by Sen. Adamu-led faction titled “Unfunded and unjustified ground for confrontation with our party the APC and government by some members of the defunct nPDP” dated 14th May 2018, and was addressed the APC National Chairman, the group described Baraje letter as ‘misleading.’
The letter by Sen. Adamu-led group was also signed by Chief Theodore Geogewill as Deputy Chairman and Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin as Secretary of the group.
According to the letter, “the letter is full of contradictions, false assertions, misrepresentations, distortion of history and facts and in many instances outright lies.
“We as initiators and founding members of the defunct nPDP therefore wish to condemn and disassociate ourselves from the letter and apologise for the obvious embarrassment the letter have caused to our party and government. We wish to reaffirm our support and confidence in the party and Mr President and we do not in any way feel marginalized or maltreated as we are clearly in the league of the biggest beneficiaries of the party.
“Mr chairman, for the purpose of correcting the misleading contents of the letter and setting the records straight it is pertinent that we provide some facts on some of the issues raised in the letter.”
On the issue of marginalisation as alleged by Baraje-led group, Sen. Adamu-led group said: “Government at the federal level is not only the executive branch in isolation. It includes the legislature as well. The APC government deliberately or not has a balance of power among the various parties and groups that merged to form the APC at the federal level.
“While the Muhammadu Buhari lead CPC got the president, the Asiwaju Bola Tinubu lead ACN got the Vice President. We the nPDP as we then were eventually got the combination of Senate President and Speaker of the House of Representatives though under somewhat questionable circumstances.
“The APC has been very gracious to us but we must not over stretch our luck. We have concentrated in pointing accusing fingers at the President and Party and generally others while we failed to look inward and address the greed, selfishness, witch hunt, injustice and high handedness exhibited by some leaders of the defunct nPDP in privileged positions today against our fellow members.
“We only remember that the nPDP ever existed when it is time to advance our personal and often selfish interest. Let us be careful not to become a cancer to any house we seek to join or gain specialty in trying to destroy every house we help to build. We must introspect and change our ways.”
The Adamu faction, however, urged the party and President Buhari that “in an event that it decides to grant audience to the group lead by Kawu Baraje , we the Buhari supporters who are now in the majority in the defunct nPDP should be invited to the meeting as well- For it seems the petitioners no longer stand for the ideals of the defunct nPDP nor represent our collective interest and position.”