A member of the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc in the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Timi Frank has said that the former National Chairman of PDP, Alhaji. Abubakar Kawu Baraje nPDP bloc would soon meet to review the 7-day ultimatum.
Frank stated this yesterday in response to the call of a factional group of nPDP led by Senator Abdullahi Adamu, that the President, Muhammadu Buhari should disregard the group demand.
The Baraje led nPDP bloc had last week issued a 7-day ultimatum to the party leadership to meet with them but this was on Monday countered by Senator Adamu’s bloc.
Frank, who was the National Youth Leader of the defunct nPDP told journalists in Abuja that the group stands a with its leader, Alh. Kawu Baraje.
He said, “Today makes it seven days from the day our group brought this letter to the party. But as it stands, we have not gotten any response yet from them. As we have said, whatever we must have said in that letter, it is not an empty threat. If they fail to recognize us, so be it. But at the appropriate time, we are going to respond to Nigerians based on what we have 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.
“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, everyone person that is being harassed within the APC, go and check your timetable, they are those of us who came from the new PDP within the APC that are still being harassed.
“We have not seen where anybody from the ACN or the CPC or the ANPP or the section of APGA that happened to join us that is being intimidated or harassed. It is clear. So, we are not going to be intimidated. We believe we are going to be doing the right thing. We believe we are going to do everything possible to rescue Nigeria. The way we rescued Nigeria from PDP. So, if today, we decided to lay our complaints to the party and they feel it is not important for them to attend to our issues, we will leave them to God. God will some day judge.”
He reiterated the position of Baraje that the nPDP has continued to face serious marginalization except for two of its members who got presidential appointments.
“The only two beneficiaries we can remember in our group is Rotimi Amaechi who finally became the Minister of Transportation and Sen. Hajiya Alhassan who became the minister for women affairs. These are the two people we can remember. So, I want to make it very clear again that we are not going to be intimidated by any group or anybody”, he said.
Countering what Sen. Adamu said, Frank said, “Adamu has forgotten history.”
“I am here to clarify issues and I am here to debunk some of the lies from some of our members, that is Sen. Abdullahi Adamu and Hon. Abdulmumin Jibrin, who were in my party secretariat yesterday to oppose the view of the majority, to oppose what our leaders have said and chairman in our group, Alhaji Kawu Baraje who recently was in the secretariat to submit a letter to inform the party of our grievances on the new PDP that joined the merger that brought the APC into power.
“In all of these, I want to make it very clear that we have no faction in our group. I saw in some of the papers I read today that there is a crack in the new PDP. There is no crack as far as we are concerned. We only have one group, we have only one leader and that leader remains only Alh. Kawu Baraje and I can tell you clearly twithout fear or favour, and I want to make it known to all of you that Alhaji Kawu Baraje was not alone in drafting that letter. He had the mandate of over 95% of some of us that joined the new PDP into the APC that made the party successful in 2015.
“You can see and everybody knows that it was because of our participation in the APC that practically brought the victory we are all enjoying today. So, when people like Sen. Abdullahi Adamu who used to be one of us came up with some of his positions yesterday, I want to clearly make it known to the Nigerian people that they must have forgotten history and I want to make it known to you that whatever they have said to counter our moves are total lies.
“Nigerians are there to testify. I can make you understand, they said the new PDP group has benefitted massively from this government, that is one of their claims but that is not true.
“But once more, I want to make it very clear that we are not here to respond to individuals, we are here to make it known that our proposal, our letter is to the party, so, it is left for the party to either take it seriously or not. But I believe any serious party will take whatever position or decision we have brought before them to look into.
“And again I want go back to some of the benefits that they said our group has benefitted. The Senator and Jibrin said yesterday that we benefited in by getting the Senate President from the new PDP, the speaker, some senators, governors and so on. For God’s sake, these are elected positions.
“Nigerians are aware of how we succeeded in getting the Senate President from the new PDP and the speaker from the new PDP. He was not supported by our party. He was neither supported by the executive arm of government. We managed to get these two positions by the grace of God and by the support of the Nigerian people and also the support of senators and members of the houses that believed and had confidence in the leadership of Senator Bukola Saraki and Hon. Yakubu Dogara and they chose to stand by these two people because they believe these two people will take the party and Nigerians to the promised land”.
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