The decision of aggrieved members of the newPeoples Democratic Party (nPDP) in the All Progressives Congress (APC) to dump the party by forming the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (R-APC) has continued to generate reactions from Nigerians.
The birth of the APC faction was announced at a press conference at the Sheraton Hotel and Towers, Abuja, on Wednesday where Alhaji Buba Galadima was announced as its National Chairman, Dr. Fatai Atanda (Oyo State) as National Secretary and Kazeem Afegbua (Edo State) as National Publicity Secretary.
Addressing newsmen, Galadima said the decision to form the R-APC was a fallout of the APC congress, which he described as null and void due to the violations of the party’s constitution, TheNation writes.
He described the APC under the leadership of President Muhammadu Buhari as “rudderless” and “incompetent”, adding that the R-APC remained the authentic party and does not need to approach the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration, adding that anyone who feels uncomfortable with the arrangement can go to court.
Galadima described the change promised by the APC as a “fake change”, adding that the RAPC would bring real change in the 2019 elections under his authentic leadership.
“We are saying that we are the authentic leaders of the APC, if anybody disputes that, let him go to court, we will meet him there. Do the Senate President and the Speaker belong to any party? If they were members of any of the four parties (that formed the APC) you mentioned, it means they are part of this,” he said, before going on to list new executive members.
Galadima noted that the incident in Kwara State where three leaders of the senatorial zones denounced the APC yesterday was just a tip of the iceberg as more people would soon join the R-APC.
Meanwhile, the newly elected chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole, has yet to comment on the emergence of the R-APC.
Here is how Nigerians are reacting to the development on twitter:
I hope President Buhari and @OfficialAPCNg know that with the fractionalisation of the APC into APC and R-APC, APC is no longer the majority in the @NGRSenate. @OfficialPDPNig is now the majority. Below is the current composition of the Senate.
— Reno Omokri (@renoomokri) July 4, 2018
I don't think they carefully considered this R-APC acronym. It reads like RAPE to me- political rapists?
— Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) July 5, 2018
Under nose of @MBuhari, we now have:
— Olayinka Samuel🇳🇬 (@_olayinka) July 5, 2018
Gala: Let me make a correction..We are not a faction, or break away…We are the mainstream original APC
Anchor man: Without INEC registration, convention?
Or do you have a constitution as a party?
Gala:We are APC..
Will the R-APC end up with PDP?
Gala:We are APC now…🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/c3lLONf6US
— Taiwo_Ajakaye (@dmightyangel) July 5, 2018
Robbers in APC (R-APC) People are harshhh
— SoulJah (@jeffphilips1) July 5, 2018
Political nomenclature and acronyms have to be handled delicately. I recall when AC was transitioning into ACN (?) and we briefly adopted the ACD moniker. Antagonists turned it into 'ACiD'. See how quickly we changed it. R-APC is NOT a good acronym. But what do I know?😂
— Dr. Muyiwa Gbadegesin (@muyiwag) July 5, 2018
1-I hope the opportunist politician who have been feasting on money meant for they people who thought it wld continue as usual have a chance to show they popularity R-APC we ate biding you good luck in your quest to show how ordinary you all…
— Mohammed Abdulrazaq (@mohrazz) July 4, 2018
I hear there's a new group of frustrated politicians with the name Robbers in -APC (R-APC) pic.twitter.com/2xIfdZyECD
— Tunde Eleniyan #NaijaIssaGoal (@KobokoGCFR) July 5, 2018
First was Old PDP and New PDP now it’s APC and R-APC (Reformed APC)… who’s deceiving who biko???
Good morning to all those who don’t belong to any of these…
— Creamy_Jaunty (@JauntyUnachukwu) July 5, 2018
Before their decamping to APC which of the R-APC states Buhari ever loose apart from kwara?
— A proud BUHARIST (@scarfizal) July 5, 2018
WHAT HELL IS REFORMED APC?
— Parosident Buhari (@TheMbuhari) July 4, 2018
Saraki just keep exposing himself. Reformed APC. I just can't stop laughing. Buba Galadima who cannot even win election in his ward.
— BringBackOurGirls (@amenahuruemu) July 4, 2018
A Party within a Party? nPDP now transmuted into rAPC. No, it’s not done anywhere. If you’re not a Progressive, you can’t become one. If you haven’t shown any trait of CHANGE, you cannot be REFORMED. APC must and should do the right thing.
— Gloria Adagbon (@gloria_adagbon) July 5, 2018
Buba Galadima, a Founding Member of CPC, APC & the new 'reformed APC' is currently on Sunrise Daily. At least man can answer questions without beating round the bush like our Bu Bu. #SunriseDaily
— FAVOUR ONYEOZIRI (GCFR) (@Rouvafe) July 5, 2018
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