Published on Jul 04, 2018 Greenbarge Reporters
The New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), which broke away from the then ruling PDP to join the All Progressives Congress (APC) ahead of the 2015 general elections has again formed what it called Reformed APC (rAPC), complaining that the party breeched the agreement they had before the elections.
The group, which today, Wednesday, announced that it is to be called the Reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC), has Engineer Buba Galadima as Chairman.
Speaking at a press conference today in Abuja, Buba Galadima, who was flanked by Alhaji Abubakar Baraje and other newly appointed executives of rAPC, said that efforts to have the ruling party listen to them fell on deaf ears.
“I stand here before you as the Chairman of the reformed APC to remind you that preparatory to 2015, the nPDP merged with APC to wrestle power, but the content of that agreement were breached.
“The APC in the last three years has performed poorly and refused to sustain its core values.
“The APC government was a monumental disaster even worse than the government it replaced.”
The reformed APC condemned the just concluded national Congress of APC, saying that very soon it will be subjected to what he called protracted legal crisis.
“The APC conducted the worst national Congress so far and it is likely that the outcome of judicial decision on the Congress would further lead to protracted crisis.
“There were crisis in four states. The National Congress Committee Chairman and governor of Jigawa state, Alhaji Abubakar Badaru declared 18 seats unopposed contrary to the Constitution of APC,” it stated.
Full text of the press statement is reproduced here:
PRESS CONFERENCE ADDRESSED BY ALHAJI BUBA GALADIMA, NATIONAL CHAIRMAN, REFORMED – ALL PROGRESSIVES CONGRESS (R-APC) AT SHERATON HOTELS ABUJA ON 4TH JULY, 2018
We are here assembled to address you on the state of our party, the APC, the state of the nation and the future of our experiment in constitutional democracy, in Nigeria.
These congresses in Wards, Local Government Areas and States all over the federation produced different sets of delegates. We therefore had an unfortunate situation where the party has been seriously factionalised and divided in not just 24 States but the 36 States and Abuja FCT.
Indeed, Article 20 of the APC Constitution is very clear and explicit. It envisages a situation where if at the close of nomination, only one person is nominated, the Convention must vote “Yes” or “No”, for each candidate before he is declared duly elected. For the avoidance of doubt, let us re-produce the article verbatim:
Article 20 (1) of the APC Constitution states “Unless otherwise provided for: All party posts prescribed or implied by this Constitution shall be filled by democratically conducted elections at the respective National Convention or Congress subject, where possible, to consensus, Provided that where a Candidate has emerged by consensus for an elective position, a vote of “Yes” or “No” by ballot or voice shall be called, to ensure that it was not an imposition which could breed discontent and crisis”.
We all witnessed on live television and at the venue, Eagles Square Abuja, that the Convention Chairman, only put the “Yes” question to all the delegates, using words to the effect: Do you affirm? Do you agree? There was no opportunity whatsoever given to the delegates to say whether they are voting “No” for any candidate as the “No” question was never put to them.
It may well be that it the convention Chairman put the “No” Question, the voice vote for the “Noes”, may have been more. We will never know, since it was never done, contrary to the express provisions of the APC Constitution. It is therefore unquestionably clear that the 18 officers of APC that was “Elected” through this process could not have been duly elected. This constitutional vice infected the offices of:
The R-APC as constituted have officers in all the wards, 774 Local Governments, and all the 36 States of the Federation including the FCT.
The R-APC also have National Executive Committee, the National Working Committee and other organs of the Party are properly constituted and functional.
The R-APC includes all the progressive forces in APC, including most of the leading members of the defunct nPDP, CPC, ANPP, ACN and others.
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