El-Rufai: Buhari will win 2019 election without nPDP

Doris Richards
May 15, 2018

GOVERNOR Nasir el-Rufai of Kaduna state Tuesday said that the recent threat by members of the defunct New Peoples Democratic, nPDP, to quit the All Progressives Congress, APC, if President Buhari refused to meet with them and address the alleged marginalization of its members will not affect the election victory of the President in 2019.

The APC spokesman faulted the claim of the Senator Abdullahi claim that the nPDP power block has benefited immensely since the inception of President Muhammadu Buhari, as he noted that the duo of Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker of House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara defeated the anointed candidates of the party and the Presidency for the exalted offices.

But last week, Kawu Baraje, chairman of the nPDP, listed some grievances of the group and demanded an urgent meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari, issuing a seven-day ultimatum after which there would be consequences.

In the four-page letter dated April 27, 2018, they had alleged that despite their contributions to the success of the APC in the 2015 elections, their members had been relegated to the background in the scheme of things in the party and in government.

He added that " And, I have no doubt in my mind that even if the people threatening to leave, leave, it will have absolutely no impact on the presidential elections, the president will win Sokoto, Kwara and Adamawa easily. They should be able to benefit from the APC due to their Labour because they contributed in bringing the change and government of today. 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.

Deputy National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Comrade Timi Frank, in a telephone interview said; "Anyway, to some of us, we can tell you clearly that we stand by the letter written by Kawu Baraje".

Reaffirming their support and confidence in the party and the president, the group said they do not in any way feel marginalised or maltreated.

"We, as initiators and founding members of the defunct nPDP, therefore, wish to condemn and disassociate ourselves from the letter and apologise for the obvious embarrassment the letter have caused to our party and government".

"Mr. Chairman, for the goal of correcting the misleading contents of the letter and setting the records straight, it is pertinent that we provide some facts on some of the issues raised in the letter". They were neither supported by the executive arm of government. It includes the legislature as well.

He reminded the party that the same steps being taken to mend fences were taken by them while in the PDP, but were ignored, stressing that the singular mistake of ignoring them was responsible for the exit of the Jonathan government f and the coming into power of the APC. If they are honest with themselves they know that President Buhari will win those states with or without them.

Other members of the group who were at the secretariat were former member of the House of Representatives from Kwara State, Moshood Mustapha; Abdulmumuni Jibrin (Kano); Theodore Georgewill (Rivers); Abdullahi Mahmood (Kano); Ahmed Aliyu (Nasarawa); and Ahmed Abubakar (Adamawa). "All the key members of the nPDP made nominations into the National Working Committee of the APC and these people are still serving there", he said. Is that not marginalisation?

"If we the nPDP did not view that as marginalisation, then we do not have the moral justification to accuse the President if he appoints his ministers without seeking for our nominees". So far so good, we are very happy with them, they've done very well despite challenges and the circumstances and hurdles they passed and they are still passing through till today. These are the two people we can remember. Let us be careful not to become a cancer to any house we seek to join, or gain a specialty in trying to destroy every house we help to build.

Countering what Sen. Adamu said, Frank said, "Adamu has forgotten history".

The letter said: "As members of the then nPDP, we are aware that the last meeting that was held by the group was in 2014".

It was copied to the President as well as a national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu. 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.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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