APC members won’t join sinking opposition party ― Doguwa

•Says PDP failed to nip security challenges in the bid at its infancy

The Majority Leader of the 9th House of Representatives, Hon. Ado Doguwa has dismissed report that members of the All Progressives Congress (APC) are contemplating decamping to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Doguwa who reacted to the report credited to the Minority Leader, Hon. Ndudi Elumelu via a statement issued in Abuja, however, accused the PDP administration of failing to nip the lingering security challenges in the bud while it was at its infancy.

Piqued by the news of the purported move by some APC lawmakers to dump the ruling party over the poor performance of the current administration in tackling the myriad socio-economic and security challenges ravaging the country, the Majority Leader alleged that the PDP is embarking on a voyage of political philandering of looking for new Members” while others are striving toward finding a lasting solution to the lingering security crises.

The statement read: “My attention has just been drawn to a spurious and specious claim of Hon. Ndudi Elumelu, the Minority leader, House of Representatives that some imaginary members of the ruling party have met with him to discuss their desire to join the sinking opposition party.

“My immediate reaction was to ignore this delusion, but because of the consideration for unsuspecting and innocent members of our great party and constituents who we represent at the House of Representatives, we owe them this clarification.

“It is a fact that there was an executive session of the House, which was indeed convened by the leadership for the sole purpose of further discussions about the ways out of the insecurity situation in the country.

“It must be noted that Members across the partisan divide were too busy and occupied with the sense of duty and obligation to our nation’s well being to have time for parochial and narrow prism thought of thinking about partisan politics and membership recruitment.

“It, therefore, remains a curious slant that Hon. Ndudi Elumelu in the heat of the current situation does not have the presence of mind to face squarely the matter that affects every Nigerian rather opting to embark on a voyage of political philandering of looking for new Members for an opposition party that is like a sinking ship beyond salvage.

“It clearly shows the kind of opposition we unfortunately have, if the Minority Leader will want to use the meeting of their party to announce non-existent news of phantom members of the ruling party that wants to decamp to a party in dire straits bereft of solutions to a national, non-partisan problem, that is traceable to their abdication of responsibility when the issue should have been nipped at the bud at its infancy when the opposition party held sway.

“I wish to affirm without any doubt that the infantile claim of the Minority Leader that some members of the All Progressives Congress in the House of Representatives are thinking of joining the Peoples Democratic Party remains a figment of his warped imagination and that of his co-travellers on that infamous wishful thinking journey.

“I say with all emphasis that members of the All Progressives Congress are focused, too united, determined and fully committed to working with the President, Commander in Chief, President Mohammadu Buhari GCFR, and standing in one accord with all Nigerians at this time to find a lasting solution to the challenge of insecurity that does not recognise partisan tendencies.

“We believe that working together with the leadership of the House of Representatives, under the leadership of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila, who only recently in his unprecedented but pragmatic manner had pushed concrete legislative support actions to stem the tide of the insecurity challenges, ranging from appreciation and acknowledgement of our compatriots in uniform on the battle field to fast tracking appropriation, among others.

“The most recent of such interventions of Speaker Femi Gbajabiamila is the setting up of a non-partisan broad-spectrum ‘special Adhoc committee on security.”

According to him, the Special Ad-hoc Committee is currently working out the modalities to hold a week-long crucial security Summit, where statesmen, security chiefs, and other relevant stakeholders will converge to proffer solutions to the rather the unfortunate lingering security problems bedevilling our country.

“Without doubts, we shall be counted as an integral and veritable partner and component that worked to defeat this national challenge, and when we do, which will be soon with all reasonable hands on deck.

“This is our sacred commitment as members of the All Progressives Congress in the 9th House of Representatives beyond the lousy tendencies of a sinking opposition party,” Doguwa said.

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