The leader of the New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) bloc within the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), Abubakar Kawu Baraje, has said that the group will make their final decision on their membership of the APC known this week.
“Members of the group would have concluded their consultations and come out with their stand on all they stood for, which is not for personal gains but rather in the general interest of the down trodden masses,” Baraje told journalists in Ilorin, Kwara state, on Sunday.
“Members of the group have been meeting regularly and that the time is now ripe to make their positions known to all well meaning Nigerians,” he said.
The group has been angling to meet with President Muhammadu Buhari, but he has rejected the request. They met once with Vice President Yemi Osinbajo. There were concerns within the ruling party that members of the group may stage a walkout at the last APC convention in June, but top members of the group, including the senate president Bukola Saraki, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara, and Sokoto governor, Aminu Tambuwal, attended the convention. One notable exception however was the former Kano governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso.
“The corporate interest of the citizens of this country and a united Nigeria where no man is oppressed is paramount and very dear to our hearts,” Baraje said.