As the All Progressives Congress, APC, crisis deepens, former President, Olusegun Obasanjo’s party called the African Democratic Congress, ADC, said it has opened its doors for possible defectors.
Obasanjo who spoke through the Chairman of the ADC, Auwal Abba Barde revealed that they are ready to give automatic tickets to defectors to boost its chances in the 2019 elections.
Sources hinted that the ADC, recently adopted by the Coalition of Nigeria Movement, CNM, an organization promoted by Obasanjo, hopes to reap bountifully from the looming mass defections from the two mega parties.
While the APC is battling to put its house in order, impeccable sources revealed that the ADC has reached out to some key members of APC across the country, including Senate President, Bukola Saraki, to consider the ADC should they fail to secure their party’s ticket.
The APC had been enmeshed in in-house crisis since the just concluded party congresses that produced factions and parallel congresses in about 28 States.
Sources hinted that there is a ploy by a group within the ruling APC to ensure that the parallel Congresses lead to two factions within the party.
One of the sources which pleaded anonymity accused some former members of PDP of clandestine moves to destroy the APC in order to benefit from it.
“We know their plan, we are aware of their clandestine move to destroy the APC like they did to their former party PDP. They are planning to break away just like they did when they formed the new PDP and later used it as a platform to join the amalgamation that later became the APC.”
An investigation revealed that ADC has been working round the clock to woo some aggrieved members of the APC, some of whom have been promised automatic tickets, should they join the ADC.
One of the sources confided that the ADC is actually wooing would-be defectors with automatic tickets in order to gain their confidence.
“Yes, we will give them automatic tickets. It is normal in politics. I can assure you that there are over 100 Senators and House of Representatives members as well as the Senate President that are ready to come but are waiting for last hour to defect. These political giants are ready to move with their supporters”, he declared.
Barde revealed that Obasanjo has adopted the “Tambuwal strategy”, ahead of 2019 General Election.
Asked what he meant by the Tambuwal strategy, he said they are waiting for those that will defect at the last minute just like Governor Aminu Tambuwa did in 2015.
He stressed that his party hopes to reap bountifully from the spate of defections that will follow after the party primaries in August.
Asked why he thinks ADC is a credible alternative to APC and PDP, he said: “ADC stands for Grand Coalition for Good Governance in Nigeria. We stand for genuine and positive change and development in all facets of our economy. Our symbol is handshake as you can see in our logo. Handshake symbolizes love, peace and togetherness. Whether you are a Muslim or Christian, we are all one. Our National leader is a Christian from the South East and we have structures in all the 36 States including FCT. We hope to enthrone an egalitarian society, where we are all equal before the law, nobody is oppressed because of his social status. A country where there is only one law for both the low and mighty, not like we had in the past and recently where there are distinct laws for the rich and the poor.
Barde listed Education, Healthcare, Agriculture, Unemployment, as well as Water and sanitation as the cornerstone of their administration.
“ADC will focus on Education, Health, Agric, development of industries to solve unemployment problems, job creation, reinvigorate Dadin Kowa Dam to make water available and boost electricity supply in the State.”