The National Publicity Secretary of the RAPC, Mr. Kassim Afegbua, who cited the issue of restructuring as an example, said President Muhammadu Buhari and Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo held different opinions on the subject, even though the APC promised it to Nigerians before the 2015 elections.
Afegbua said the APC was not the party its founding fathers envisaged when they came together in 2014.
He said, “As we speak, the APC has jettisoned its own manifesto. Where is the restructuring we promised Nigerians? They hurriedly came up with a committee headed by Governor (Nasir) el-Rufai; where has that landed us?
“The Vice-President is a supporter of restructuring. The President of the country is not a supporter of restructuring in the same government. There is no synergy. There is no coordination on any issue.
“You have about three or four opinions from the same government; that is not the way to lead.
“When the Fulani herdsmen issue came up in Benue State, the Inspector General of Police came up with a different position; the Minister of Defence gave a different position; and the Presidency is giving a different position.”
The New Peoples Democratic Party bloc in the APC and other aggrieved members of the ruling party, had on Wednesday announced the formation of the R-APC.
R-APC, at a press conference attended by the leader of the nPDP, Alhaji Kawu Baraje, announced Alhaji Buba Galadima, a former ally of Buhari, as its national chairman.
The National Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, had in an interview with journalists on Thursday dismissed the R-APC.
Reacting to Oshiomhole’s claims that the R-APC members were mercenaries hired to destabilise the APC, Afegbua said they were genuine members of the party interested in retrieving the party from usurpers.
Afegbua, said, “Adams Oshiomhole needs to take a look at our past. We do not possess the characteristics of hirelings or mercenaries.
“We are bona fide members of the APC. When it is convenient for people, they dress you in very elegant robes but when they are losing the battle, they call you names, but we will not call them names, we will continue to insist that we are going to rescue the APC and reposition it for optimum performance.
“We cannot be preaching to be progressives when we are law-breakers. We cannot be preaching that we are progressives when we are a party that has performed abysmally low in all sectors of the economy.”