You are free to join PDP, APC tells aggrieved members

You are free to join PDP, APC tells aggrieved members

- The APC has said aggrieved members who no longer feel comfortable with its style of operations should feel free to defect to the PDP

- Spokesman of the party said the APC under Oshiomhole's leadership will continue to ensure discipline across board

- The party said the immediate-past NWC led by John Odigie-Oyegun as national chairman, lacked discipline and encouraged impunity

The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) has said aggrieved members are free to exit the party and join the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

In a statement issued by its national publicity secretary, Mallam Lanre Issa-Onilu, the party said the next three years are very important, Vanguard reports.

The party's spokesman added that the APC under the leadership of Adams Oshiomhole will continue to strengthen compliance with the rules, build support structures for democracy, ensures discipline across board, and deliver good governance for the benefits of all Nigerians.

This was in reaction to issues raised about the party's national chairman, Oshiomhole, by Senator Lawali Shuaibu, the party's deputy national chairman, North.

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“We expect members who have different agenda to join their kind in PDP. We will welcome with open arms, those who share our progressive ideals, so that by 2022, we will have a party whose members are truly progressives,” Issa-Onilu said.

The APC also criticised its immediate national chairman, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, for responding to attacks launched against him by some pro-Oshiomhole state chairmen of the party from the south south.

Issa-Onilu said the party, under the leadership of Oyegun lacked the courage required to confront "the pockets of political despots who could not operate by the party’s rules”.

He said the reason the party lost states like Oyo, Imo, Bauchi, Adamawa, and Zamfara in the 2019 elections was because of disagreement among some party leaders.

"I would put the painful outcomes broadly under two reasons. One is indiscipline on the part of some members of our party in most of the states. The second reason is that the party leadership did not do much between 2015 and 2018 to move the party from being an amalgam of different political parties to become a truly blended progressive political party," Issa-Onilu stated.

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The party also faulted Shuaibu’s letter to Oshiomhole in which he made assertions that the National Working Committee was “a bunch of cowards looking for a scapegoat to pass on the blame following undesired results in his home Zamfara state”.

Recall that Shuaibu in a six-page letter, demanded for the resignation of Oshiomhole, the APC's national boss. He said that in developed nations leaders who are unable to impact on those they are leading or improve upon antecedent leave office with honour.

Backing Shuaibu's call, Oyegun, a former national chairman of the party, described Oshiomhole as lacking the temperament to manage the position he is in.

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