PDP Chieftains, Set Plans In Motion To Change Its Name, Says The Name PDP Is Toxic To Nigerians

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Due to the massive failure of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), in the just concluded elections, the party’s chieftains have set plans in motion to dissolve the party and merge with other parties with “similar ideology” to form a stronger and fresher coalition after the handover of power on May 29.

The party also lost its majority position in the two houses of the National Assembly, as well as governorship elections in many states especially in the north where it could only retain Gombe and Taraba states.

According to Premium times investigations revealed that Governors Sule Lamido, Godswill Akpabio, Muazu Aliyu and a few other governors are pushing towards forming an alliance with other parties.

Top PDP members of the party, such former defense chief, Theophilus Danjuma, former finance minister, Adamu Ciroma, and others, are in the lead.

The party is planning to merge with the All Progressive Grand Alliance, Labour Party, Kowa, Hope Party and others to form a mega opposition party to challenge the APC.

Israel Ebije, confirmed that Mr. Aliyu is working alongside other colleagues to “take over” the party.

“There will be a special convention after the handover on May 29 where a formal merger process will start, there are moves going on along this direction and the plan is to transform the party into a very formidable opposition. Many individuals and of course political parties of like minds would be invited to be on board.”

“The PDP convention will take place on May 15, 2016 and the plan is to take over the leadership with people who can deliver,” he said.

He also said that those pushing for the agenda have concluded that the word PDP has become toxic to Nigerians and that it will be counterproductive to continue to use it as a viable opposition party.

“PDP may go and a new party may emerge, that is the way to go,” he said.

The APC was formed through the merger of three main opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, and the Congress for Progressive Change, as well as a faction of APGA in 2013.

The formation of the APC brought about a strong challenge to the PDP, which had been in power since the return to democratic rule in 1998.

Although the latest move to dissolve the party appears not to have the backing of the party’s National Working Committee. However, spokesperson to the party, Olisa Metuh, that there is no move of such.

“I can tell you authoritatively that there is no such thing on the card. What is occupying our minds now is to make sure that APC propaganda does not work in states that we have won to affect our efforts at the tribunals,” Mr. Metuh said.

He also denied talks of any merger with other political parties.

“What is happening is that people don’t seem to appreciate that we are the administrators of this party and we have the capacity and competence to lead the PDP back to power,” he said.

Those pushing for the sack of the leadership of the party also accused the leaders of siphoning campaign funds. The NWC members were accused of collecting N300 million each but failed to do anything for the victory of its candidate, Goodluck Jonathan.

The NWC on the other hand accused the presidential campaign organization of causing the defeat of President Jonathan by carrying out hate speech against the APC candidate, Gen. Buhari and the people of the north.

Mr.  Metuh had penultimate week addressed a press conference in his office and said the money given to NWC members were the backlog of allowances that had not been paid for two years.

He also said instead of embezzling campaign funds, the party spent the over N9 billion it generated on the sale of nomination forms on the presidential as well as governorship and assembly campaigns.

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