By GWG Staff
The All Progressives Congress, APC has explained recent defections from the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP to its fold to be partly influenced by the financial crisis facing the party.
“For a party unable to run its Secretariat, pay staff salaries and its leadership grappling with a crisis of confidence, it will be unfair to expect its progressive-minded members to remain in the PDP which has failed woefully as the supposed ‘main’ opposition party in Nigeria,” the APC’s spokesman, Yekini Nabena said in a statement made available to GWG on Thursday.
Recall that APC recently welcomed the Governor of Ebonyi State, David Umahi and Senator representing Adamawa North Senatorial District, Elisha Abbo.
The party had earlier welcomed former PDP national chairman, Senator Barnabas Gemade; former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Yakubu Dogara from the PDP while Dr. Alex Otti defected from the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
While calling on other lesser opposition parties to rise to the occasion, the APC spokesman said the PDP was slipping leading to the increasing emergence of a one-party state.
“It is disheartening that the PDP is pushing Nigeria into a largely one-party state. As a party that believes in democracy and progressive politics, the APC does not subscribe to this. We therefore challenge other opposition political parties to take the place of the PDP because even as the governing party, we recognize the importance of rigorous and intelligent interrogation of our policies and programmes by the opposition which the PDP has woefully failed to do.
As a party, the APC welcomes new and returning entrants who have come to work with the President Muhammadu Buhari APC-led administration to improve the lives of Nigerians and overall better our dear country.