- Appoints National Chairman
A splinter group in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), has announced its cutting out calling itself the Reformed APC (R-APC).
The faction at a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel in Abuja on Wednesday, announced a former secretary of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, as its National Chairman.
The press conference also had in attendance, a key political player and chairman of the New Peoples’ Democratic Party, nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje.
Galadima listed some of the National Officers of the R-APC. Bala Gwagwarwa from Kano was appointed National Deputy Chairman,North; Chief Theo Nkire, Abia State, as National Deputy Chairman, South-East; and Eko Olakunle, Ondo State, National Vice Chairman South West.
Others are: Godwin Akaan as Deputy National Secretary; Dr Fatai Atanda, National Secretary; Kazeem Afegbua, National Publicity Secretary; and Daniel Bwala as Financial Secretary.
Galadima said the R-APC is the party to beat as it would work with political parties and groups of like-minds to present a qualitative leadership in 2019.
Galadima described the Local and National Congresses as well as the APC National Convention held recently in Abuja as a unjust. Adding that, the Congresses were filled with irregularities and an abuse of party constitution.
His words: “There are countless cases in courts all over the country challenging the legality of congresses and even the National Convention itself.
“It is very likely that the judicial decisions on these cases will result in massive chaos, confusion and uncertainties.
“The fate of a party in this state with a few months to the elections is best left to the imagination, but it is not a fate we believe our millions of members should be abandoned to.’’
Speaking further, the new chairman of R-APC said: “The so-called National Convention of the APC was even worse.
“The National Convention of the party was ridiculed with constitutional infirmities that were so glaring and obvious that no fair minded person can claim that a legitimate and lawful executive emerged from that process.’’
Galadima said the nPDP, played a major role in the emergence of the APC government but it was treated with irrelevance and disdain.
His words: “The nPDP, a group that has made a major contribution to the emergence of the APC administration, has made strenuous efforts to invite attention to inequities, injustice and poor management in our party without any success.
“The nPDP had shown good faith and commitment to the party, but it has been rewarded with indifference and even contempt.
“It is obvious that the leadership of the APC has decided to shut out members of the APC, as well as other members who have raised genuine grievances and a desire to improve the responsiveness of the APC to the desire of members for a party founded on democratic principles.
“Under the circumstances, patriotic elements and most of the original founders of the APC have found themselves in the opposing side of this charade.
“Most of the delegates who bought and paid for forms for the congresses and convention and were elected as delegates have come together to take control and give legitimacy to APC to be now known as and called Reformed -APC (R-APC),” Galadima stated.
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