The crisis rocking the ruling All Progressives Congress on Wednesday took a new dimension as members of the defunct new Peoples Democratic Party bloc protested to the national secretariat of the party to register their grievances over what is tagged marginalisation.
Former National Chairman of the new PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, who led a five-member delegation went straight to the office National Chairman of the party, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun before he later addressed journalists at the National Secretariat, Abuja.
Baraje, who presented a four-page petition signed by him and a former governor of Osun State, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, dated April 27, 2018, to journalists said they were at the APC headquarters to register their displeasure with the shoddy treatment meted out to the bloc since the APC came to power in 2015.
According to him while responding to a question as to whether members of the bloc were leaving the APC, he said, “We are here to discuss with our national chairman on how to strengthen our party.”
The petition which was addressed to Odigie-Oyegun read in part, “We the members of the All Progressives Congress, who moved over from the People’s Democratic Party to form the APC before the 2015 general elections in Nigeria, are desirous of strengthening our party especially now that new party congresses have commenced and the convention and another round of general elections are imminent.
“Obviously, this cannot be achieved without addressing fundamental issues which we wish to raise in this letter.
“We, therefore, wish, with due respect, to restate our expectation then and now that the APC we all laboured to build would be one united, inclusive, cohesive and progressive party devoid of divisions, factions, cleavages and tendencies.”