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APC Crisis: Party disowns R-APC, probes factional leaders’ status

APC Crisis: Party disowns R-APC, probes factional leaders’ status
July 06
08:24 2018

The All Progressives Congress has disowned members of the factional Reformed-All Progressives Congress.

The APC said it had initiated a probe into the membership status of some persons purporting to be leaders of the new group.

This was contained in a statement signed by the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Mallam Bolaji Abdullahi, in Abuja, on Thursday.

The party 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 its actions, this group has attempted to create the impression that our party is factionalised. This is not true.

“The All Progressives Congress 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.”

The APC said it would continue to monitor developments, adding that it would defend its unity and protect its identity.

It stated, “We are currently reviewing the action of this so-called faction in order to determine if any aspect of the party’s constitution has been breached with the connivance of any of our members.”

The APC assured party members who had genuine grievances that the new leadership of the party was committed to addressing such grievances as quickly as possible in a manner that would ensure justice was done to all.

Also, the Zamfara State Governor, Abdulaziz Yari, said there was no panic in the APC over the Wednesday emergence of a faction known as the Reformed -APC.

Yari said this in an interview with State House correspondents after a meeting he attended at the Presidential Villa, Abuja.

The governor said the crisis was expected in a big party like the APC, especially ahead of general elections.

Although he said he was worried over the development, Yari expressed the conviction that the party’s leadership would handle the matter.

He said, “Of course, I am worried (over the matter) but it is something the party will handle.

“You know that with the forthcoming elections, you will expect this kind of thing. You will expect crises left, right and centre because of political interest, especially in a party with an overwhelming majority.

“The most important thing is that with the emergence of new leadership (of APC), everything will be resolved. Therefore, there is no panic.”

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