Members of the splinter group of the new People’s Democratic Party (nPDP) block of the All Progressives Congress (APC) yesterday expressed readiness to have a rethink over their moves to defect from the APC.
The group led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, who met with the National chairman of the Party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun at the Party secretariat in Abuja denied insinuation that they intend to dump the APC for any of the opposition parties in the polity.
Baraje who claimed that his members had been sidelined and persecuted expressed satisfaction that the APC leadership is willing to address their grievances. “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 said.
“As you are aware that we requested that we wanted to see the party, 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 day till today. 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.”
On the decision by the Senator Abdullahi Adamu led nPDP group to disclaim their position, he declined to bare his mind on the issue adding: “I am not ready to do that because somebody had earlier responded to them adequately.
“In any case, in any group, particularly political groups, you are bound to have a splinter while 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 per cent intact.”Odigie-Oyegun who was represented by his Deputy (North), Senator Shuaibu Lawal, who led other National Working Committee (NWC) members to the meeting promised to explore avenues of addressing their grievances. ‘’