Members of new People’s Democratic Party, nPDP in the All Progressives Party, APC have insisted that ultimatum given to the National leadership of the party and the Presidency still stands, despite disowning of the group by another faction, led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu.
It cautioned leadership of the APC and the Presidency not to ignore the group’s demand for audience.
The spokesman of the group and outgoing deputy National Publicity Secretary of the party, Timi Frank reiterated this on Tuesday while speaking with newsmen.
According to him, the continued indifference of the APC leadership to the petition could be inimical to the political fortune of the APC in 2019.
“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 fail to ignore us, so, be it. But at the appropriate time, we are going to respond 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 our leaders, we are going to come up with a clear position to brief Nigerians on our next step if finally, they don’t attend to us.”
“I want to use this opportunity to remind my party that this is same way we were trying to correct the wrongs of Dr Jonathan’s government then in the PDP, they never listened to us, we told them when we were aggrieved, our leaders moved round the states to talk to party members, to ask the government at that time to listen to our views but at the end of the day, they refused, they ignored us, that is how we left.
“And when we left, we happened to join the APC and that was how today, we are enjoying from this so-called change agenda we are talking about. So, if today 95 per cent of us, who came from the new PDP is aggrieved and they felt they are going to undermine us, or they are going to ignore our group, so be it,” he said.
It would be recalled that the nPDP in a petition dated April 27, 2018, and signed by the former national chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and former Osun State governor, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola had declared that the nPDP members were being sidelined in the ruling party and further demanded for audience with the national working committee and the Presidency.
But a new faction led by former Nasarawa state governor, Senator Adamu Abdullahi, however, faulted the claim of marginalization of the NPDP at a press briefing on Monday.