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Baraje-led nPDP meets APC leadership today, denies giving ultimatum to ruling party

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A chieftain of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in Kwara State and the leader of the nPDP, Kawu Baraje, on Sunday, denied having given an ultimatum to the APC, just as he said the group and the APC leadership will hold a meeting to address their grievances.

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While speaking with newsmen in Ilorin, Mr Baraje, however, said the nPDP’s recent letter to the party leadership was to forestall internal conflicts within the ruling APC that culminated in parallel state congresses.

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According to him, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, never experienced the kind of internal wrangling now in the APC.

He, therefore, warned that if the party failed to heed the request of the nPDP, the forthcoming national convention might become an avenue to wash its dirty linen openly.

He referred to the resignation of the group’s secretary, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, as a signal to what might happen if members were not able to convince their followers about the need to remain in the APC.

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He said the nPDP members would first meet with several leaders across the country to stop what he termed impunity within the party because they could consider the option of leaving the APC as a last resort.

“The last time we met here in 2016, I told you that the way the party was going, we were on the road to perdition. If you look at the letter we wrote, we never said we gave ultimatum but that we advised them. We hinted the party because of the on-going congresses of the party.

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“Now, the party has invited us, exactly on the seventh day of the letter and they wanted us to meet that same day, but because we were speaking for several leaders across the country, we told them we couldn’t meet that same day. Now, they have scheduled a meeting for tomorrow (Monday) anytime from 2pm.”

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