- Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed has condemned those leaving the All Progressives Congress (APC)
- The chieftain of the APC has spoken on the consequences of defecting from the party
Dr Hakeem Baba-Ahmed, a chieftain of the APC has said that those planning to defect from the party will have a lot of answers to give to Nigerians why they decided to do so.
Baba-Ahmed who is also a retired federal permanent secretary, revealed that some members of the APC were joining forces with others to form a new political platform.
"I am not sure that their calculations are correct, and I don’t think Nigerians would be very eager to vote for people and parties that are made from people who just keep moving from one platform to another.
"It provides evidence that all they want is power for its sake, they are not thinking of fixing this country. I think that we can make a case against them to the Nigerian people, that they cannot be trusted, and I think we will make a good case," he said.
According to Vanguard, while he spoke at an interview in Kaduna, Baba-Ahmed who has served as the state's chairman of the party, told those involved in the defection plan to instead remain with APC and help solve some of the problems they were currently facing.
"I wish the people who are thinking of walking away from the crisis of the APC would stay behind and fix this party.
"Some of them are quite well known, they were part of the building blocks of the APC, I wish they would stay behind and fix this party, because I can’t see how going away and building new platforms is going to solve their problems.
"I am not too sure that their calculation that they can actually create platforms with elements of APC, elements of the old PDP and new elements from other parties can successfully challenge APC and the old PDP," he said.
He also advised that within the next six months, the APC re-engineer itself and re-engage with its popular support base, saying:
"What I think is useful is that, in the next three to six months, a lot of people that we suspect are already packing their things to get out of APC, would do so.
"That would give the party an opportunity to know who is left and then we can just go back to rediscovering the essence of the APC and then possibly to re-engineer the party with the popular base."
Meanwhile, there have been reports that national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Ahmed Tinubu is planning to float a new political party. This might be true, as he shunned the party’s campaign rally in Ondo state.