nPDP members only interested in fighting personal political battles

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Abdullahi Adamu, senator
representing Nasarawa west, has accused the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP)
of attempting to “blackmail” the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari.

nPDP is a faction of the All
Progressives Congress (APC) that left the PDP in 2013 to team up with the APC
for the 2015 elections.
In May, the group wrote John
Oyegun, national chairman of APC, listing several grievances and demanding a
meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari — a sit-down which is seemingly
unlikely.
In a statement issued on
Thursday, Adamu accused the nPDP members of attempting to “distract Buhari from
focusing on governance,” saying they are only interested in fighting “personal
political battles”.
The statement read: “I belonged
to the nPDP and as I have said before, there was nowhere we held a meeting to
resurrect the group for the purpose of protesting alleged marginalisation of
our former members by the APC-led federal government. Apart from that, the
basis of the group’s allegation is tenuous.
“While the antics of the
so-called nPDP to portray the Buhari administration as being unfair to the
group in its appointments are reprehensible, I commend the president’s
governance style and his litany of progressive decisions that are in tandem
with the collective aspirations of our party.
“If, however, the group’s
ultimate agenda is to prepare the ground to pull out of the APC at the national
convention or thereafter, I have good news for our teeming members nationwide:
it is a notorious fact that some of the people concerned have already started
jumping from one side of the aisle to the other in the chamber without a formal
declaration of defection.”
The senator added that “time
shall tell whether or not these persons actually count for something in the
bigger picture of Mr. President’s bid to have his presidential mandate renewed
by Nigerians who are enamoured by his anti-corruption war and his integrity in
government”.
Senate President Bukola Saraki
and Yakubu Dogara, speaker of the house of representatives, are among the
members of the nPDP.

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