A former Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Chibudum Nwuche, has accused the All Progressives Congress (APC) of hobnobbing with dissident members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), while pretending to have distinct ideological slant.
APC recently negotiated a deal to have five dissenting governors of the PDP from Kwara, Kano, Sokoto, Adamawa and Jigawa States join its fold, thus setting the tone for a major realignment in the polity.
However, Nwuche who spoke to THISDAY in an interview yesterday, said contrary to APC’s posturing that it was pushing for a distinct political ideology, the party was dying and craving to clone PDP, by wooing its aggrieved members.
“I have been watching with a bit of amusement the ongoing efforts to woo several PDP leaders by APC,and I wonder with so many PDP leaders already in their fold,and some of whom are known reactionaries, if APC can still be termed a progressive party,” he said.
He said the move by APC to woo PDP members some of whom are known under performers, dictators and corrupt is not only preposterious but amounts to playing to the gallery.
Nwuche also said there was something curious about the effort to drag former President Olusegun Obasanjo into the opposition party even with known philosophical differences between him and the likes of General Muhammadu and Senator Bola Tinubu.
“I would have thought that with our huge population, APC could have found an abundance of talent to groom, along their claimed progressive ideology, instead of recycling PDP members. Nigeria is definitely in need of another ideological distinct and strong party and not one that will be a clone of any existing party.
On the visit of APC to Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Nwuche said he saw nothing wrong with it, even though it was a bit curious because of the personalities involved.
“We know the history of the relationship between Obasanjo and Buhari and also Tinubu, and their philosophical differences dating back several years. It’s a confirmation of the classical saying that in politics there is no permanent enemies but permanent interest.
“The issue now becomes what is the interest they are after. If it is for the good of the country, its welcome, but if its a conspiracy to undermine President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP, then a prominent leader of the PDP like Chief Olusegun Obasanjo should not be involved in such a plot,” he added.