Several days after the launch of the Reformed All Progressives Congress (R- APC) by aggrieved members of the All Progressives Congress (APC); it’s chairman Buba Galadima Has promised more shocks for the ruling party in the coming days.
In an exclusive chat with the Saturday sun, Galadima alleged that some people around President Buhari reeked of corruption and the ruling party was in for a shocker as some serving ministers and governors will soon defect to the new group.
While addressing a press conference on the breakaway party in Abuja on Wednesday, the party chairman said some party chieftains were compelled to take the new step because the ruling party had deviated from its original plans and visions.
He told the Saturday sun.
“I can tell you that we have more surprises coming. The shocker is such that it will take APC and its leaders by surprise. This is something I can confirm to you. You remember what the leaders of APC in Kwara State told Saraki to lead them out of the party? That will happen in more states. More states will follow suit and it will be like that going forward. Some governors and other top government officials in this government are going to be with us at the right time, they will openly align with us. Just wait and see how things will unfold in the coming days and weeks.”
Speaking further in what seems like a subtle reference to the new chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomole, Galadima emphasised his incorruptibility; he said,
“For those that know me from 1959 when I started school to date, I have never been found with anything even those that tried to destroy me could not destroy my character and integrity. I also want to say that we know all those opportunists who live in opulence and who cannot account for some of the palatial palaces they have built through the wealth of the people. May I also add that those who hired them for a particular purpose will live to regret because they have brought in the scenario of Pharaoh and Moses.”
Speaking further on the crisis presently rocking the ruling party, he affirmed that the problem didn’t start from the leadership tussle of the National Assembly because that was democracy in action but rather because the founding members decided to submerge their interest in order to form the APC as it is.
“I should boldly say that I was one of the nine signatories that formed the APC and nobody can delete that history. We never see the faces of all these opportunists I am talking about. They never appended their signatures then yet they are reaping from where they did not sow. “Because they have no history of why the APC was formed, what we suffered and what we did to protect entrenched interest, they started doing things that were not envisaged by the founding fathers of the APC.”
He further insisted
He maintained, “The crisis has been on but it took different dimensions when the tenure of the immediate national officers was expiring. Different interests started resurfacing and through to it, all the ideals for which we formed the APC were thrown to the dustbin. Those of us who are patriotic, who have made sacrifices to bring about the formation of this party cannot sit idly and watch them destroy our sweat. “
He boasted of his influence within the National Assembly stating that he had the support of Nigerians from all walks of life and could effect any changes he so desired while stating this present crisis as the biggest the party has ever faced.
On his issues with the Presidency, he had this to say…
“I don’t have any problem with Mr President but I assisted him since 2002. I have made more contributions than even himself in becoming the President of Nigeria. Maybe I should tell the world that because of him, I have suffered intimidation, arrests, questioning about 38 times. Not only that, I was detained in an underground prison, chained hands and legs and tried for treason because of him. All these people around now were the people fighting us then. Some of these people were receiving money from the government of the time during elections in conducting fake research and using their positions as members of the trade union to say that the election was conducted fairly but today they are Buhari people. I am shocked”