A former head of state, who is also a leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Major-General Muhammadu Buhari, has said while it is not a bad idea to have a conference to discuss the myriads of problems facing the country, such a conference, as being proposed, was concieved in bad faith.
According to him, it was diversionary in its intention and was aimed at diverting the attention of Nigerians from the failures of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led administration.
Also speaking, a former governor of Lagos State and APC National Leader, Senator Bola Tinubu, described the seven aggrieved PDP governors, otherwise known as the G7, as beautiful brides.
He asked them and others he referred to as progressives, to join hands with APC to prevent rigging of elections in 2015.
This came just as recent consultation visits embarked upon by APC leadership to the G7 governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is yielding the desired result, as Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso of Kano State has announced his intention to leave PDP for the mega party.
Also, there are indications that two other governors, Rotimi Amaechi and Murtala Nyako of Rivers and Adamawa states, respectively, would soon leave PDP for APC.
Governor Kwankwaso made his intention known in Abuja, on Wednesday, while speaking at a special dinner organised by the Progressive Governors’ Forum (PGF).
The governor, who was one of the keynote discussants at the event, had not been forthcoming on his next move, as he had told the APC leadership, only some few days ago, that he would make further consultations before making up his mind on joining the party.
However, he made it clear on Wednesday as told APC faithful at the dinner that his interacting with the party members was an indication that he was already on his way to the party.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Sports, Mr Ahmed Gara, the said he was happy to be associated with APC.
“We are happy to be associated with the APC. We are still consulting concerning the invitation sent to us by the party to defect.
“In fact, our coming here shows that we are in our way to the APC. But as soon as we are done with the consultation, we would let the world know”, he said.
Buhari, at the dinner, declared that APC would not be a party to the conference, as he was of the opinion that the exercise would not yield any fruitful or positive result at the end of the day.
He, however, conceded that the Nigerian project was being threatened by the multifaceted problems which needed to be sorted out in order to ensure its continued existence as one entity.
“There is nothing basically wrong with sitting and talking about your problems. The snag is whether the conference has been conceived in good faith or not,” he said