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September 2, 2013

The Alhaji Abubakar Kawu Baraje-led faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), on Sunday, received commendations from the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the eleven governors of the newly-registered merger party described the crisis in the ruling party as necessary and a fallout of repressive rule.
The APC governors, however, said they were ready to work with the PDP governors that formed the new PDP.
Operating under the aegis of the Progressive Governors Forum (PGF), the APC governors, in a statement made available to Nigerian Tribune on Sunday, said recent events in the PDP started with the orchestrated crisis in the Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF).   
“Recent events, first with the orchestrated crisis in the Nigeria Governors Forum (NGF), suspension and expulsion of PDP leaders, including serving governors without fair hearing and complete demonstration of lack of tolerance and respect for different opinions, are signposts of crisis that should unavoidably result in the split of any organisation.
“The PGF commend the courage and resilience of the Baraje-led PDP and in particular congratulate all the serving PDP governors for standing up to be counted among patriotic political leaders of Nigeria.
“It must no doubt be a conscious decision that must have been borne out of commitment to make all the sacrifices needed to rescue our dear nation from the current reign of terror and bad governance.
“As serving governors too, we are ready to support, work with our colleagues in partnership and solidarity with the goal of facilitating accelerated human development by embracing policies and programs to improve quality of life of all Nigerian citizens, eradicate poverty and create jobs in the country.
“We are under no illusion that our reality as a nation today calls for both intra and inter party networking. We are therefore ready to transform our relationship with all serving governors irrespective of our partisan differences in order to move our dear country, Nigeria, forward.
“Nigeria has outlived all dictatorships in the past and will definitely outlive any present or latent, manifest or potential dictatorship. Congratulations!”, the statement read.
The Baraje-led faction of the PDP emerged as a result of the party’s National Convention held in Abuja on Saturday, with former Vice-President Abubakar Atiku, former Governor Olagunsoye Oyinlola of Osun State and seven sitting governors of the party pulling out to form a parallel faction in protest against alleged high-handedness and side-tracking by the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur-led leadership of the party.
The seven sitting governors who pulled out of the mainstream PDP included Aliyu Babangida (Niger State); Aliyu Wamakko  (Sokoto State); Sule Lamido (Jigawa State); Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano State); Murtala Nyako (Adamawa State); Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara State); and Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State).    
The APC governors, including Kashim Shettima (Borno); Adams Oshiomhole (Edo); Kayode Fayemi (Ekiti) Rochas Okorocha (Imo); Raji Fashola (Lagos); Tanko Al-Makura (Nasarawa); Rauf Aregbesola (Osun); Abiola Ajimobi (Oyo); Ibrahim Geidam (Borno); and Abubakar Yari (Zamfara), said the split in the PDP was a welcome development.  

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