…APC seeks arrest, prosecution of Galadima, R-APC leaders
By Ayo Fadimu
There is confusion in the newly assembled Reformed All Progressives Congress rAPC as there are indications that the group might have split into two factions, sources revealed to Nigerian NewsDirect.
According to an investigation by Nigerian NewsDirect, the group is divided into Saraki faction and Kwankwaso faction. The two men want to contest for presidency next year and have made it clear they are not ready to settle for lesser post.
The unexpected declaration of the Senate President, Dr Bukola Saraki for the number one post in Nigeria had destabilized political calculations in the group. Saraki, who had been assured of Senate presidency seat if he makes it back to the senate and if the PDP controls majority in the senate chambers is from the North central state of Kwara where he was a two-time governor. Most of the herdsmen and farmers clash where several hundreds of lives had been lost have been from the zone and the fortunes of APC are dwindling in the area.
On the other hand, Kwankwaso, also a two-time governor of Kano State and former Defence Minister is from Northwest, the same geo-political zone of President Muhammadu Buhari. Under his supervision, APC polled an unprecedented one million, nine hundred and three votes, nine hundred and ninety nine (1, 903,999) votes in Kano, he was also able to install his former deputy governor, Umar Ganduje
“Both men want to contest for presidency and it will not augur well for the group to present two aspirants for the same post, our votes would be divided and we may lose out” a former member of House of Representatives, who is also a member of the group told our correspondent.
Another fear within the camp is that since the seat of Senate presidency was specifically ceded to Saraki and not the group, they may lose out if Senator Saraki goes for presidency and loses out.
“At present, we are prevailing on the two men to drop their ambition for one another, so that we can defect to PDP in a united front” the source added.
The reformed APC led by Buba Galadima, a one-time ally of President Muhammadu Buhari had approached the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for political re-alignment with some condition. Although there is intense lobbying by the APC leadership to convince the group to stay back in the party as all their grievances will be addressed.
However, sources close to the National Working Committee of APC told Nigerian NewsDirect that “the Adams Oshiomole group has found out that there are some irreconcilable differences especially in state chapters like Kano, Kaduna, Kogi and Imo where the feud had degenerated to personal hatred among the major stakeholders and the winner-take-all situation had been allowed to fester due to nonchalant attitude of past leadership of the party”.
Last week, the Senator representing Kogi West, Dino Melaye released an online solo album which had gone viral on social media to praise PDP and called the umbrella party home.
Melaye, a very close ally of Saraki also said in the video that APC which he contributed immensely to install made him to suffer greatly.
“Since Melaye had declared for PDP, it’s just a matter of few days before Saraki would eventually announce his defection to PDP”
Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that the defectors had slated July 30 as official date to defect to PDP before the primary elections of political parties for next year’s election would start.
Meanwhile, the APC on Sunday said it would take legal actions against the National Chairman of the Reformed-APC, Alhaji Buba Galadima, and other members of the group.
The National Legal Adviser of the Adams Oshiomhole-led APC, Babatunde Ogala accused Galadima and other R-APC leaders of impersonation, fraudulent interpretation, conducts likely to breach public peace and breach of trademark and infringement of copyright.
The APC also hinted possible arrest of leading members of the R-APC by security agencies.
The legal adviser stated, “For the infringement so far committed by Mr Galadima and the odium he has brought upon the APC brand, we will be seeking civil redress against his person and that of his group.
“With respect to the criminal aspect of his conduct, we will be notifying the appropriate authorities to do the needful.”