By Ezeocha Nzeh
The defunct New People Democratic Party (nPDP), bloc in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), under the leadership of Alhaji Kawu Baraje has said that it would soon take a position on the next action, after their 7 days ultimatum to the party and President Muhammadu Buhari to address their grievances was ignored.
The group who alleged marginalization and intimidation of its members by the President, after it contributed immensely to the APC election victory in 2015 petitioned the leadership of APC, where they sought to have a meeting with President Buhari within 7 days to address their grievances.
However, a factional nPDP emerged under the leadership of Nasarawa State senator, Adamu Abdulahi, who accused the Baraje led group of plotting to destabilize the party, ahead of the upcoming elections.
Senator Abdulahi, who led a team of the pro- Buhari members of the defunct nPDP to the APC secretariat accused Baraje of acting the scrip of his sponsors at the National Assembly, adding that the President has done his best to accommodate the members of the group.
The Baraje led group confirmed yesterday that they were yet to receive any response from either the Presidency or the party in response to their letter, pointing out that they will be meeting in the next few days to decide on their next line of action
Spokesman of the group, Comrade Timi Frank, who spoke with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja dismissed the Senator Abdullahi Adamu led Buhari supporters in the group, describing them as mere noise makers who would always want to seek relevance with any government in power.
Frank said they were not surprised at the decision of Senator Abdullahi Adamu and his group in opposing their letter to the party, saying the Senator has an antecedent of seeking favour to be in support on any government in power, beginning with his alleged role in Abacha’s bid to succeed himself as well as former President Obasanjo’s third term bid.
Frank said: “I want to use this opportunity to remind my party that this is same way we were trying to correct the wrongs of the Jonathan’s government while in the PDP, but they never listened to us.
“But at the end of the day, we believe we are going to take a decision that will benefit the Nigerian people because we believe that democracy should be all inclusive. Democracy should not be a situation where when you speak the truth, you will be harassed; you will be intimidated and so on.
“Today makes it seven days from the day our group brought this letter to the party. But as it stands, we’ve not gotten any response yet from them. As we’ve said, whatever we must have said in that letter, it is not an empty threat. If they decide to ignore us, so, be it.
“But at the appropriate time, we are going to respond and make our position known to Nigerians based on what we’ve said. It is not just a mere threat; it is not just a mere ultimatum. But I will tell you clearly that we are meeting with our leaders and we are going to come up with a clear position on our next step if finally they don’t attend to us.”