The New Peoples Democratic Party, nPDP, within the All Progressives Congress, APC, will today meet President Muhammadu Buhari and the Vice President, Prof. Yemi Osinbajo in continuation of their ongoing dialogue.
The New PDP which comprises members of the PDP in the ruling party will continue their dialogue with leadership of the APC over their grievances when they meet the President and his vice.
They are expected to meet Buhari later in the day after their meeting with Osinbajo to intimate him about the outcome of their meeting.
The nPDP group led by a former Acting chairman of the PDP, Alh Abubakar Baraje had last week met with the national executives of the APC to discuss, and possibly resolve their differences.
Baraje confirmed the planned meetings with the Vice President and President Buhari to newsmen in Ilorin, Kwara state on Sunday.
The APC chieftain commended members of his group and concerned Nigerians who share their views and concerns about the plight of the nPDP members in APC.
Baraje expressed optimism that, “At the end of the meeting with Buhari and Osinbajo, the ruling party would come out stronger and more united in the general interest of the citizens.”
He also disclosed that the next line of action of his group will be determined by the outcome of the planned meeting.
Last week, the national leaders of the APC and members of the nPDP announced their Monday meeting in a last minute effort to contain agitation from the faction.
Baraje decried the high rate of internal conflicts within the APC, which has culminated in parallel state congresses in about ’10 states’.
He also said that, contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the nPDP’s recent letter to the leadership of the APC was to forestall such occurrences.
Baraje warned that if the APC fails to heed the request of the nPDP, then it’s forthcoming national convention might become an avenue to wash its dirty linens openly.
The nPDP, he said, is made up of men and women who cannot be pushed aside, and referred to the resignation of the group’s secretary and former governor of Osun state, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as “a signal to what might happen if party leaders are not able to convince their followers about the need to remain in the APC.”
Baraje further stated that members of the nPDP would not immediately pull out of the APC if the party fails to meet their demands.
He said like they did in the last administration, they would still go ahead and meet with several leaders across the country to stop what he termed as impunity within the party.
“We have travelled a long way with the APC and now we are seeing things worse in APC than in PDP. If we are leaders worth the name we should be bold enough to speak about it,” he said.
Baraje said the main agenda of the group’s discussion with the Vice President concerns the petition they wrote to the party leadership, saying “It is the outcome of our meeting with the president that will form our next line of action.”