Presidency negotiating in bad faith – Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje

The public may recall that there have been ongoing talks between
members of the former Npdp, the APC and the Presidency in
recent days.
Nigerians may further recall that a team from the former nPDP led
by Speaker of the House of Representatives, His Excellency Rt.
Hon. Yakubu Dogara and four others, were to meet with the Vice
President, His Excellency Prof Yemi Osinbajo today.
However, while we are truly and earnestly committed to achieving
reconciliation, harmony, truce and cohesion in the APC as we
approach the 2019 general elections, it is appears that the
Presidency is not interested in the talks and that they may have
been negotiating in bad faith.
We were alarmed that immediately after our meeting with the Vice
President last week, the presidency misrepresented what
transpired at the meeting by trying to blackmail some of the
principal actors involved in the discussions in a national daily.
Similarly, the leadership of the party (APC) went ahead to ratify all
the Congresses from ward, local governments, states and zonal
where many of our members have complaints, effectively
presenting us with a fait accompli.
The persecution of our members using state security apparatus
have continued unabated.
We recognize the powers of the Police to conduct criminal
investigations but by rushing to the public with the issue even
when they have unfettered access to the leadership of the National
Assembly suggests an attempt to undermine, caricature and
humiliate the institution of the legislature.
It appears that there is a fouled and toxic atmosphere and
environment of intimidation and threat to life in which we now find
ourselves which may no longer be conducive for members of the
former nPDP to continue with the talks. Given the unfolding events
in the last 24 hours,where the President of the Senate, His
Excellency, Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki and His Excellency, Alhaji
Abdulfatah Ahmed, the Executive Governor of Kwara State , both of
whom attended the meeting with the Vice President on Monday 28
May, 2018, have suddenly been accused of sponsoring armed
robbery by the Police under the directives of the Presidency.
Similarly, on Saturday, June 2nd, 2018, the Department of State of
Services (DSS) also suddenly withdrew more than half of all the
security details attached to the presiding officers of the National
Assembly under questionable circumstances.
The nPDP leadership has decided to brief our members on the
unfortunate development and get a fresh mandate if good faith
returns to the discussions.


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