The lingering crisis rocking the PDP may continue for a longer time as information last week had it that at least 3 top party chieftains and some other party members have been holding series of meeting to strategise plans in order to float a new political party.
Daily Trust confirmed that the idea behind the formation of the new party is being spearheaded by one time governor of Kano state and a Minister of Education under the Goodluck Jonathan administration, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau; one-time deputy Senate president, Alhaji Ibrahim Mantu as well as the ex-governor of Jigawa state, Sule Lamido.
It was also reported that Nigeria’s former Senate president, Ken Nnamani, is said to be the interim leader of the conceived political party.
The other PDP stalwarts that have said to know about the plan include the former minister of the Federal Capital Territory Senator Bala Muhammed; former deputy governor in the old Sokoto State Ahmed Muhammed Gusau; former governor of Bauchi State Isa Yuguda and former governor of Cross River State Donald Duke.
Others are Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi; Senator Ibrahim Ida; Adamu Maina Waziri; Ibrahim Idris; Aminu Wali, Abba Dabo, John Odey and Aniete Okon.
A close aide of the former Kano state governor, who was in the former Senate president’s office in Abuja last week bared his mind on the issue when he said: “Yes, we are trying to rebrand and weed out bad eggs in the party and it is the process that will lead to the formation of a new party.
“Initially, we had two options, that is, whether to rebrand the PDP or form a new party.
“Arguments are in the favour of the formation of the party, hence resolution of our bigwigs. The direction now is the formation of a new party but we will definitely draw for the resources of the PDP to make headway.”
A senior PDP member who pleaded anonymity spoke on the new political party waiting to be born and the PDP’s internal wranglings. He stated his own knowledge of the whole issue. He said:
“There is so much disaffection in the PDP and therefore, many chieftains, ranging from former governors and former and serving members of both the National and state Assemblies across the 36 states to former ministers are looking for an alternative platform.
“Apart from the internal wrangling that is threatening the existence of the party and the ongoing probe of top officials of the party, even the name ‘PDP’, is now synonymous with the word ‘scandal’. Nigerians have been made to hate it and unless someone is planning to remain in the back seat, he or she must look for another option.”
Other PDP party men who spoke to newsmen were annoyed about the role of the party’s spokesperson, Olisa Metuh regarding the $2.1 billion arms deal money under the former government of Dr Goodluck Jonathan.