National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief John Odigie-Oyegun, will lead party leaders to a much-awaited meeting with leaders of the new PDP (nPDP). Former acting chairman of the nPDP, Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje, disclosed this to newsmen, in Ilorin, Kwara state, yesterday. Baraje, who decried the high rate of internal conflicts within the ruling APC, which has culminated in parallel state congresses in more than 10 states, said contrary to insinuations in some quarters, the nPDP’s May 7 letter to the APC leadership was to forestall such occurrences. Baraje said: “Let me state clearly that the crisis of parallel congresses of the party across the states was foreseen. Our letter, promptly and appropriately addressed, would have settled these problems before now. “In the letter, we never said we gave ultimatum. But we advised them. “The party has invited us, exactly on the seventh day of the letter. They wanted us to meet that same day, but because we were speaking for several leaders across the country, we told them we could not. “We have scheduled a meeting for tomorrow (today), from 2p.m.” He pointed out that the PDP never had such internal wrangling as is evident in the APC, and warned that if the APC fails to heed the request of the nPDP, then, it’s forthcoming national convention might become an avenue to wash its dirty linens openly.
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