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PDP To Work With Aggrieved NewPDP Members In APC

The Peoples Democratic Party has begun plans to meet aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress otherwise known as the New PDP faction.

Though the party has been meeting with individuals to form a coalition against the ruling All Progressives Congress in the past, it was however gathered that the main opposition party had stepped up consultations following the open declaration by the members of the nPDP, who are in the APC, that the ruling party and President Muhammadu Buhari last week were marginalising them.

Some members of the nPDP being led by a former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje and a former governor of Osun State, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, had written a letter to President Buhari, demanding an urgent meeting with him.

In the letter, which was also sent to the National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, Baraje and Oyinlola said that the meeting with Buhari must hold within seven days.

Though Oyinlola had left the APC for the ADC, Punch reports that the national leadership of the PDP was said to have scheduled secret meetings with the aggrieved APC members.

The National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, confirmed the desire of the party to meet the aggrieved APC members to one of our correspondents on Sunday.

Apart from the aggrieved APC members, Secondus told Punch in an interview in Abuja that the main opposition party would do everything legitimate with other opposition political parties, to wrest power from the ruling party .

He said, “Don’t forget that majority of those in the ruling party came from the PDP. They left us due to one disagreement or the other. These are eminent Nigerians who went to the APC, thinking that the APC would be a vibrant alternative and that those behind it meant well for everyone and the nation.

“However, events of the past years have shown otherwise. So, we are meeting with everyone soon. We have met some and we will also meet others. The meetings don’t need to be formal. We have known ourselves before and these people know that we won’t deceive them. Whatever we promise to do, we will do.

“Our former governors that left with their supporters are going to return to us. We will all come together to rebuild this damaged country.”

Asked when the meeting would hold and the venue, Secondus said, “We won’t give details. Political strategies are not achieved on the pages of newspapers alone. Just wait and see.”