By Umar Muhammad Puma
Leader of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) group, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has denied report that they were planning to leave the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) for opposition party.
Baraje-led nPDP had two weeks ago submitted letter listing their grievances to the National Working Committee (NWC) of the APC, alleging marginalization and persecution of their members.
Speaking shortly after a closed door meeting with members of the NWC at the APC National secretariat Abuja, Baraje said, “As you are aware, we requested that we wanted to see the party leadership, and the party, being a very sensitive party, very responsible party, responded to our requests adequately; and we think it is a very encouraging time.
“Since last week, they have gotten across to us; but because of one logistics or the other, we couldn’t come until today. We begged the party to shift the meeting till today, and today we have seen our party. We are party members; this office is our office; we have only come home to discuss those observations we copied you people when we wrote in our letter. The meeting was very beautiful.”
When asked to respond to the allegation raised by Sen. Abdullahi Adamu group, Baraje said he was not ready to respond to such issue, because a member of his group had responded.
“I am not ready to do that because somebody had earlier responded to them adequately. I think the former Youth Leader of the defunct nPDP, Timi Frank, responded to them; and once somebody has responded, there is no need beating around the bush.
“In any case, in any group, particularly political groups, you are bound to have a splinter, and why they splint is best known to them. As far as we are concerned, the group that sent me here, or sent us here are 95.9% intact.”
On his part, Deputy National Chairman North, Sen. Lawal Shuaibu Lawal, who led other National Working Committee (NWC) members to the meeting, said the party was taking up the disaffections seriously. He added that the grievances expressed by the leader of the defunct newPeoples Democratic Party (nPDP) were genuine, and that the party and the presidency will address the issues.
Sen. Shuaibu, who stood in for the National Chairman Chief John Oyegun, said: “We have not yet resolved all issues. They wrote a letter to us, they are party men, they have grievances; we looked at the letter and their grievances are genuine. And they requested a meeting within 7 days; and before the seven days expired, I called them and they were not ready to come. They said we should shift the meeting till today, which we did.
“So, we are listening to them, we have listened to them and we are taking up their matter seriously. We will address it. We don’t ignore our people except if you don’t send your grievances to the party. But if you send, we will always address your grievances.”
When asked whether he was satisfied with responses his group got from the closed meeting, Abubakar Baraje said: “So far so good, we have just started; and when you start a race, you don’t say whether somebody wants to see you until you are getting to the middle or to the end. But it is a good start, it is a good beginning,” he stated.
27 aspirants jostle for APC ticket in Osun, as party lifts ban on political activities
The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has eventually lifted the ban on political activities in the state, to pave way for aspirants who are contesting on the platform of the party to commence campaign proper.
The Chairman of the party in the state, Prince Gboyega Famoodun announced this at the party secretariat in Osogbo, the Osun State capital on Monday, during the meeting with aspirants.
Famoodun, however, commended the aspirants for their perseverance and financial commitment, saying the party has what it takes to win election anytime.
“This is the day that everyone has been waiting for, we are by this event lifting ban on political activities, so, you have the liberty henceforth to canvass for vote from members of the party towards the primaries.
“I believe whoever emerges among you as the candidate of the party will win the election come September 22.
“I want to implore you to abide by the rules of the game, you must comply with all the party guidelines and regulations to endure hitch-free exercise.
“All your activities must be carried out honourably and without rancour in a way that will not embarrass the party”, Famoodun said.
It should be noted that the total of 27 aspirants are scrambling for the party ticket, including the incumbent Speaker of the Osun State House of Assembly, Hon. Najeem Salam, the Secretary to the State Government, Alhaji Moshood Adeolu, and the Chief of Staff to Governor Rauf Aregbesola, Alhaji Gboyega Oyetola. (DAILY POST)