Abuja – Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, a former national publicity secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), has lambasted erstwhile nPDP national chairman, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, and former national secretary, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola, over their recent letter to the leadership of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), alleging marginalisation of members of the group by both APC and the Federal Government.
Eze, in a statement issued on Wednesday in Abuja, expressed sadness over the letter and the ultimatum given to APC and the Federal Government, purportedly on behalf of the nPDP bloc.
He distanced himself from the letter, stressing that the writers could not speak for him and many other former nPDP members, as the said letter was written without their knowledge or consent.
“The authors of the said letter erred and should apologise to the party, Federal Government and, of course, to members of defunct nPDP for acting on their behalf without their consent or approval before issuing such an unnecessary letter,” said Eze.
He disclosed that he issued the statement after due consultation with many other former nPDP members.
He made it clear that he has respect for both Baraje and Oyinlola, but said: “After going through their letter of May 9, 2018 to the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, the need to straighten some of the facts raised in the letter becomes imperative to at least to douse the unnecessary tension the letter has so far generated in the polity.”
Eze said it was “unfortunate that Alhaji Baraje and Prince Oyinlola could send this type of letter without recourse to me or most of the stakeholders of the movement, considering our key roles in making the nPDP the beautiful bride it turned out to be and in bringing the administration of Dr. Jonathan Goodluck down to its knees after teaming up with like minds in the mega party, APC.
“This letter has generated so much unnecessary tension in the polity that some sections of the media and polity have already concluded that this will lead to implosion of APC and probably to the downfall of the administration of President Muhammadu Buhari and the return of PDP to power.
“Without mincing words, I wish to assure Nigerians that the letter though engineered by some of the key actors of the nPDP looking for attention from President Buhari to negotiate for relevance during and after the 2019 general elections but using a body that has already got dissolved in the bigger body of APC, is not in order and acceptable to some of us who risked our lives in projecting the ideals and vision of the body,” Eze said.
On the issue of marginalisation, Eze stated, “it is unwise for anybody to think that in a setting like ours, everybody would be accommodated or assigned a political position.
“The claim of marginalisation easily collapses when we compare the components of APC and the key offices assigned to these components.
“In APC, we have Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), a faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and, of course, New PDP.
“While the Office of the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria went to President Buhari (CPC), the Vice President went to Prof Yemi Osiabanjo (ACN), Senate President went to Dr Bukola Saraki (nPDP), and Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara (nPDP).
Can a group occupying the third and fourth major offices in Nigeria be rightly said to be marginalised?” the former spokesman of nPDP queried.
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