The faction had sued the CPC.
The faction of the defunct Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, led by a former Senator and pioneer chairman of the party, Rufai Hanga, on Tuesday, formally joined the Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM; thus ending speculations on the political future of the faction.
While declaring the allegiance of the faction to the PDM, Mr. Hanga stated that the group decided to join the PDM because the party had a track record of internal democracy and organizational discipline. He added that they were also encouraged by the manifesto of the PDM.
The pioneer chairman of the CPC said that the faction he led experienced impunity and dictatorship at the highest level in CPC.
He said the PDM appeared to be different from other parties.
“We have confidence in the party’s leadership, its commitment to do justice to all as well as its pledge to treat all party members equally without discrimination of any kind. There is no other party in Nigeria today which abides by these values and there is no other party which is likely to do so, as far as we know,” he said
The former Senator also said despite joining the PDM, his faction intends to continue with their court case against the defunct CPC.
The CPC, which had already dissolved to form the newly registered All Progressives Congress alongside two other opposition parties, Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, and All Nigeria People’s Party, ANPP, had been engulfed in a leadership tussle resulting in emergence of two factions led by Tony Momoh and Rufai Hanga.
Mr. Hanga and his group claimed that they were the authentic CPC and had no intention to merge with any party; but when the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC approved the merger process, Mr. Hanga and his group went to court.
The Federal High Court Abuja is expected to rule on the matter on Monday, October 15. Mr. Hanga however, said the group had decided to join PDM irrespective of the court’s decision.
“This is a decision over which we had no control, although we have already undertaken extensive consultations and arrived at a decision on the course of action to take whichever way it goes.
“The pace of political events in Nigeria is moving at the speed of light. We do not want to play into the hands of the same destructive and undemocratic forces whose actions compelled us to seek redress in court. In the first place, by allowing political developments to pass us by while they organise to foist another fraudulent agenda on the nation we cherish so much. Doing so will be a great disservice,” he said.
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