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Why we decamped to the PDP – APC youths open up

by Oge Okonkwo

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The All Progressive Congress (APC) Youth Frontier in Abuja says its reason for defecting to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) was due to identified injustice and abnormalities in the APC.

Speaking for the youths, Usman Austin, the National Coordinator of the frontier said this in an interview with newsmen on Tuesday in Abuja.

The frontier is a group associated with the APC with the objective of championing the party’s course, defending and preaching its manifesto to the youths in Nigeria.

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“We identified with them because of the name progressives and progressives should be in action, not in words,’’ he said.

Austin, who led other youths of the frontier to defect to the PDP on April 6, said that they took the decision to fight the injustice meted out on some APC chieftains.

He said that the frontier before it defected to the PDP, wrote several proposals to the APC youth leader on identified anomalies but there was no redress.

He said that the anomalies bordered on issues from the merger of the party with the defunct new PDP.

According to him, it was wrong for the new PDP to merge with the APC in the first place because it was not a registered political party.

“How can a political party merge with a faction of another party, it is not done anywhere and we kicked against it and wrote to El-Rufa’I,’’ he said.

Austin also questioned the rational of making Sen. Bukola Saraki, the leader of the party in Kwara, while Gen. Buba Marwa, former Military Administrator of Lagos State was being sidelined.

He explained that Marwa had contributed so much to the advancement of APC in Adamawa and the inability to give him a leadership position in the state was an aberration.

“We are working for a formidable nation; the frontier cannot be part of injustice and abnormalities.

“It is not my personal decision but a collective decision. The reason we are defecting to the PDP is to fight the injustice meted on Buba Marwa, Shekarau and others.

“We were in PDP before; we are not new to PDP. The party has the mechanism to resolve its crises not snubbing or ignoring it,’’ Austin said. (NAN)

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