Members of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), one of the political parties that merged to form the present All Progressive Congress (APC), has said that they are not part of the r-APC champion by Mr Buba Galadima.
According to the group, shortly after the merger and the subsequent issues that erupted, they only consoled themselves under Great Nigeria Group (GNG).
The National leader of the GNG, Dr Umar Duhu told LEADERSHIP that they were happy with the return of Sen Ali Modu Sheriff into the APC which he said gave them more hope.
He denied that members of the defunct ANPP were part of the Buba Galadi led rAPC.
“We are now happy that one of our pillars, Sen Ali Modu Sheriff is back into the APC. He is working hard to ensure timely intervention in the marginalisation and the feud that affected the defunct ANPP Family Members,” Duhu said.
Even though Mr. Buba Galadima, the chairman of the r-APC did mentioned in a statement that some CPC, ACN and other members of the ANPP – known as legacy parties decided to come together and form r-APC, the GNG, an umbrella body of the defunt ANPP won’t take decision without the consent of their leaders including Sen Ali Modu Sheriff.
“So, we are not party to r-APC,” Duhu said adding that they won’t be part of it.
“It is true that the ANPP family in the APC cried severally of total marginalisation, neglect and non-inclusion in the APC.”
“APC is a party which the ANPP is a critical stakeholder as one of the three legacy parties that came together and formed it.”
“But for the records and avoidance of doubt, the ANPP family members has never held any meeting with Mr. Buba Galadima nor any person or groups for the purpose of forming what is today called the r-APC or any other name,” Umar Duhu said.
Duhu, a pioneer APC National Vice Chairman, North East, said the “Great Nigeria Group (GNG)”, the umbrella body which has coordinated the defunct ANPP members is still part of the APC.
He further stated that since the news broke out on July 2, 2018, he called all the officials and some critical stakeholders, to find out the veracity of Galadima’s claim that the ANPP was part of the formation of r-APC adding that their responses were in the negative.
“There are several better internal mechanisms of dealing with intra party matters such as neglect and non-inclusion in government rather than opening our dirty linings in the market square,” Duhu said, regretting the formation of the r-APC by the Buba Galadima’s led group.
“It is not in doubt that ANPP family as one of the legacy parties who merged to form the APC has cried severally of marginalisation, neglect and total non-inclusion in the APC government which we are the second largest partners to the merger after ACN.”
“It is also regrettable to state that the ANPP has not gotten any ministerial slot in the Buhari’s government nor Special Advisers or chairman of strategic board and parastatal like the CPC as claimed by Galadima,” Duhu stated, apparently denying the appointment of the Minister of Science and Technology, Mr Ogbonaya Onu, as part of the ANPP’s merger benefit.
Onu was the National Chairman of the ANPP during the merger, it was gathered.
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