The aftermath convention that gave birth to new leadership of Nigeria governing party, the All Progressive Party (APC) that many observers had believed has open a new chapter in the annals of new things to come has again brought to a new turn where some aggrieved faction forming another parallel faction with name Reform- All Progressive Congress headed by Malam Buba Galadima.
While the leadership of the governance party denied the existence of a faction, the R-APC blamed the governance party for the crisis brewing leading to its escalation.
Crisis in the governing party festered when the former stalwarts compromising aggrieved members on Wednesday, unveiled the R-APC and unfolded its new national executive, having alleged marginalization and persecution by the leadership of the governing party.
Its National Chairman, Alhaji Buba Galadima said the members were compelled to move out because the APC had derailed from its original plans and vision.
He confirmed that the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) teamed up with other forces that formed R-APC.
Corroborating Galadima, yesterday, Deputy National Chairman (South) of the R- APC, Chief Sam Nkire, said the APC has itself to blame for its “present misfortune.” The APC, he insisted, is stewing in its blood.
Chief Nkire, in a statement made available to journalists in Abuja, identified poor reward system, high-handedness and undemocratic habits as some of the reasons members would continue to leave the APC in droves.
He claimed that the poor treatment meted out on him by the “powers that be” in the party he joined at inception, invested in and helped achieve electoral success, evoked pity by Nigerians, especially the people of the Southeast and Igbos in general.
The Abia State-born political stalwart predicted that it would not be long before the time-bomb finally explodes in the faces of those who believe that “all is fair in politics as in war.”
Chief Nkire doubted if Adams Oshiomhole’s medicine would be able to heal the wounds inflicted on the bodies and souls of millions of the once committed party members of the APC.
However, the national leadership of the governing party, in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary, Malam Bolaji Abdullahi, said it was investigating the true membership status of the so-called faction members.
Reacting formally to the emergence of a faction, the APC in the statement said: “On Wednesday, July 4, 2018, a group of individuals announced itself as ‘Reformed All Progressives Congress (R-APC)’ at a press conference held in Abuja. By their actions, this group has attempted to create the impression that our party is factionalized. This is not true.
“The APC wishes to affirm that there is no faction in our party and declares the action by these individuals as mischievous and ill-advised.
“Having failed to scuttle the National Convention as was their original plan, they now resort to this subterfuge as a way of achieving the pre-determined end of causing confusion.
“As a matter of fact, we doubt that these individuals parading as leaders of the so-called faction are actual members of our party. We are currently investigating their true membership status within the party.”
He assured those members who have genuine grievances that the new leadership of the party would be addressed them as quickly as possible in a manner that would ensure justice is done to all.