Meanwhile, the mainstream APC, yesterday, formally disavowed the split and the leaders of the R-APC as it said it had launched an investigation into the membership status of the leaders whose action it labelled as mischievous and uncalled for.
In an apparent demonstration of his rejection of further dialogue, one of the key leaders of the R-APC, Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso, the immediate past governor of Kano State, yesterday left the country.
His spokesperson, Hajia Binta Spikin, nevertheless said it was too late for further talks with the APC, saying the party which failed in its campaign promises, including selling petrol at N45 per litre, would not fulfil any fresh promise arising from negotiations.
“Oh no, it is a bit late, it is a bit late. The party has had its so called-convention, it has deviated from the original intentions why it was brought to being, so there is nothing that remains with the mainstream APC.
“I don’t know about the promises Comrade Oshiomhole keeps making. He keeps promising he will do this, he would do that, but it’s just promises like the promises the APC gave in the run-up to the 2015 general election.
‘Remember APC promised that petrol would be sold at N45 per litre; it has not fulfilled those promises, so what makes this promise different from all the other promises,” Hajia Spikin said over the telephone yesterday. National Publicity Secretary of the R-APC, Prince Kassim Afegbua, on his part equally asserted the determination of the group to forge ahead with their move, saying the last convention of the APC was constitutionally flawed.
“That convention has a constitutional flaw, so they are the ones that should be coming to us for peace,” he said. Speaking in the same vein, deputy national chairman, South of the R-APC, Chief Sam Nkire, said yesterday that the APC was the architect of its present misfortune and was, therefore, now stewing in its blood.
Chief Nkire, in a statement in Abuja, also said that poor reward system, high-handedness, and undemocratic habits were some of the reasons members would continue to leave the party in droves, if there was no change.
According to Chief Nkire, the poor treatment meted out to him by the “powers that be” in the party he joined at inception, invested in and helped achieve electoral success, evokes pity by Nigerians, especially the people of the Southeast and Igbo in general.
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