The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has issued two week-deadline to members of the Reformed -All Progressives Congress (R-APC) in talks with the party on defection to move to its fold or forget it, a report said.
The speculated move of the aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressive Congress to the opposition may have been put in abeyance after President Muhammadu Buhari and APC leadership promised R-APC members a fair deal, and address the grievances of the splinter group in a meeting with the group leading figure, Senate President Bukola Saraki.
The likely resolution of the crisis rocking APC as the outcome of the meeting indicated, is giving PDP concern. It may foreclose any possibility of R-APC members including Governors Aminu Tambuwal, Abdulfatah Ahmed, Samuel Ortom, ex-Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso, several Senators and members of the House of Representatives, who the party was already wooing of joining it.
According to the Independent Electoral Commission, INEC, parties’ primaries for the 2019 generation election must be held between this year’s August and September, a schedule that put PDP in a race against time to get Saraki and company to join the party.
“This deadline applies to Saraki, Dogara, Tambuwal, Kwankwaso, other governors, Senators, members of the House of Representatives, Speakers and members of the State Houses of Assembly; and other party chieftains.
“The conduct of primaries by all parties is expected to begin on August 18. Any serious defector, technically, has less than three weeks to do so in order to be able to integrate with the structure of the party.” The Nation quoted a source familiar with the situation as saying.
The R-APC which has now become a beautiful bride may take a stance this week, as per Punch.
The paper wrote: “It was gathered that the lawmakers(R-APC members) would like to take a final decision on their continued membership of the APC this week to be sure of the platform on which they would contest the 2019 elections.”