Former National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the crisis rocking the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) could be traced to the emergence of All Progressives Change (APC).
Onu, who spoke in an interview with journalists at the weekend in Abuja, said the strategic positioning of APC as a credible alternative to the ruling party had emboldened those with voices of dissent within PDP to stand up against the party leadership.
He said: “The situation in PDP shows that the party ought to really reexamine itself, understanding that it is the ruling party with certain obligations to the nation. Yes, disagreements may come but do not forget that what is happening in PDP now would never have happened if there has not been APC.”
Onu claimed that the existence of APC gave impetus to defiance by the seven New PDP governors and their allies.
Onu said: “What is happening to the PDP would not have happened if there is not a party like the APC because the aggrieved members of PDP have been emboldened by the fact that they have an alternative platform which is equally influential like the PDP with about 11 governors.
According to Onu, whatever relationship that existed between the PDP governors and their counterpart in the APC could be traced to Nigerian Governors Forum (NGF).
He said the governors usually meet regularly under the auspices of the NGF even before the polarization of the body.
The former Governor of old Anambra State, however, described the crisis rocking Rivers State as disturbing, adding that the recent blockage of Governor Chibuike Amaechi by the police was an embarrassment to the country.”