New PDP threatens APC as ultimatum expires
NEWS DIGEST – The deputy national publicity secretary of the All Progressives congress (APC) and member of the new Peoples Democratic Party bloc, Timi Frank, has said that the group cannot be intimidated and would not be taken for granted.
The so-called new PDP, or nPDP, comprises former members of the main opposition PDP who defected and teamed up with the APC ahead of the 2015 elections, and helped the party win the polls.
Now, the group claims it has been sidelined by the APC. Last week, it issued an ultimatum for the ruling party to act. The ultimatum expired Tuesday.
Mr Frank, speaking to journalists on Tuesday in Abuja, said the APC was yet to initiate talks with the aggrieved nPDP as the bloc’s ultimatum expired.
Following the ultimatum given in a letter to the chairman of APC party, John Oyegun, lamenting the lack of appreciation of their efforts, another faction of nPDP led by former governor of Nasarawa State, Abdullahi Adamu, distanced itself from claims of marginalisation.
Mr Frank condemned Mr Adamu’s move and those who distanced themselves from the claims and demands of the group, while urging Nigerians not to take Mr Adamu and his group serious as they were never genuine members of the nPDP bloc.
“Today makes it seven days from the day our group brought this letter to the party.
But as it stands, we have not gotten any response yet from them. As we have said, whatever we must have said in that letter, it is not an empty threat. If they fail to ignore us, so be it. But at the appropriate time, we are going to respond to Nigerians based on what we’ve said.
“It is not just a mere threat, it is not just a mere ultimatum but I will tell you clearly that we are meeting our leaders, we are going to come up with a clear positions to brief Nigerians on our next step if finally they don’t attend to us,” he said.