Presidency Not Threatened By Splinter Group, APC Merger –Gulak

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Former Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters

The Presidency on Tuesday said that it was not threatened by the defection of the splinter group in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the opposition party, APC.

Special Adviser to the President on Political Affair, Mr. Ahmed Gulak, told State House Correspondence at the Presidential Villa that neither the presidency nor the PDP felt threatened by the exit of the governors.

Factional chairman of the PDP Kawu Baraje announced on Tuesday that APC has agreed to a merger. The two issued a joint communique.

But according to Gulak, “the presidency does not feel threatened and the PDP does not feel threatened. PDP is the party to beat. We have had it before even people who had occupied higher offices left the party and came back. Outside there, there is nothing, it is empty. PDP is the only party,’’ he said.

It described the decampment as a welcome development saying, “the party and the presidency welcomed the development because it would end the distractions that had been going on.”

“For a long time, I have said it that their hearts have not been in PDP. It is good that they have told the world that they have taken a stand so that PDP will not be distracted.

“PDP as a party will be focused to build our party because a lot of people are waiting for this moment. A lot of people in the APC have contacted me severally that they want to come back to PDP,” he said. Adding: They said they were just waiting for what happened today to happen, and to us, it is a good development.”

Gulak, however, said if the group decided to return to the PDP fold, they would be welcomed back. We are talking about peace and reconciliation is an ongoing process.”

“If they go outside there like those that went there before them and taste that the outside there is empty they are always welcomed back home like we did before,’’ he said.

News Agency reports that Edo governor, Adams Oshiomhole of APC, was also at the Presidential Villa shortly after the announcement of the merger.

The governor, who did not spent up to 30 minutes in the Villa, declined to speak with the newsmen.