Festus Keyamo, the Chief Spokesman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Presidential Campaign Council, has stated that the party’s presidential candidate, Bola Tinubu, will not mind working with the Peoples Democratic Party’s disgruntled governors (PDP).
Keyamo made the remarks hours after the PDP governors and some party leaders, now dubbed the Integrity group, met behind closed doors on Sunday at the Southern Sun hotel in Ikoyi, Lagos State.
The group reiterated its readiness for reconciliation in a communique read by Jonah Jang, a former governor of Plateau State, saying that they are still open to dialogue.
They stated that its demands which include the resignation of the party’s National Chairman, Senator Iyiocha Ayu, and the choice of his successor from the South still stand.
According to the communique, the governors maintained that they will not participate in the PDP presidential campaign and support the party’s presidential candidate, Atiku Abubakar until their demands are met.
Reacting to the development in a chat with The Punch, Keyamo said the APC and Tinubu are focused on consolidating their stronghold but would not mind exploiting the festering crisis in the PDP.
The Minister of State for Labour and Employment said the ruling party is proceeding from the position of calculating its strength without thinking of the PDP crisis.
Keyamo, however, said the APC could consider the PDP crisis as an added advantage, but not a factor to determine the party’s victory in 2023.
He said, “I don’t know of any talks between APC and the G-5. At least, not to my knowledge. However, despite their quarrel with the PDP, as of today, they are still members of the party.
“Let me repeat it for the umpteenth time. For us, we are proceeding from the position of calculating our strength, without thinking of the quarrel or weakness of the PDP. We are not depending on it.
“If after calculating our strength and the implosion continues in the PDP by the end of the day, we can then consider it as an added advantage, but not a factor to tilt the scale to our victory. It may make victory easier if they come through the door we have opened for them. Anything can happen. But we are not looking out for that possibility. We are just saying in politics, anything can happen.”