Barring any last-minute change of
plans, the proposed creation of new party opposition in the country will be
formed before the end of March, 2017, URBAN EXPRESS has learnt.
It was gathered that the Ahmed
Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party and aggrieved chieftains of the
All Progressives Congress had intensified efforts aimed at creating another
party since the result of the Ondo State election was released.
Findings showed that besides the
plan to form a new party, those involved in the talks were also considering
adopting any of the existing political parties as their platform.
It was gathered that those who were
participating in the talks included former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and a
national leader of the APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
A PDP chieftain, who confided in
Urban Express on Saturday, said with what happened in Ondo, it had become obvious that the Muhammadu
Buhari administration was ready to relinquish power despite the fact that it
had no solution to the economic recession in
The source said, “The new party is
still at a formative stage but I can tell you we are making steady progress.
“With what happened in Ondo, you
will agree with me that the cabal around the President, including a governor
from the North-Central, and some ministers, has hijacked the party structure.
“They have shown more than once
that they want to frustrate Tinubu and Atiku out of the APC. These are tested politicians, who have no plans
of retiring any time soon.
“The picture will become clearer
before the end of the first quarter of next year (March 2017) because some of
our people believe that if we come out now, the cabal will use executive powers
to frustrate us. Others feel it is
better to let Nigerians know but our leaders are meeting at home and abroad. We
are waiting for them.”
Checks also showed that those
involved in the talks were aware of the Federal Government’s plot to thwart the
groups’ plan to form a new party, informing the plan of the groups to adopt any
of the existing parties and uplift it to a party with large followership status.
A PDP chieftain, who confided in
urban express, said, “We are working on the plan to form a new party, but we
may adopt any of the existing parties, if the government thwarts our efforts.”
It was also gathered that the
Makarfi faction planned to strengthen its electoral strength in the South-East
by entrenching rotational presidency in the constitution of the new party.
A top member of the party, who
spoke to urban express on condition of
anonymity, said the group was aware of the plans by the Buhari administration to make an inroad into
the South-East in 2019.
The PDP chieftain added, “The Southeast and South-South are areas of our strength. We have noticed that the
Presidency has been receiving Igbo leaders at the Aso Rock. This is part of the
bid to win the zone in 2019.
“We may have to make some
concessions to the South-East to truly show that we care for the zone. These
will include rotational presidency.”
For Tinubu, it was also gathered
that the group was seriously considering the offer of the Makarfi faction to
form a mega party.
It was learnt that the Ekiti State
Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had been reaching out to the Tinubu group on behalf
of the faction.
A member of the Tinubu group, who
confided in urban express stated, “We do not want to make the mistake we made
with Buhari by rushing to support him. We are considering the offer from the
Besides Tinubu and Atiku, other
prominent politicians being targeted by the Makarfi faction include a former
Governor of Kano State, Senator Rabiu Kwankanso; the Senate President, Dr.
Bukola Saraki, and an ex-governor of Sokoto State, Senator Aliyu Wamakko.
It was gathered that the Makarfi
faction was aware of the desperate move of the President to woo Saraki.
This, it was learnt, was one of the
reasons for the Senate President’s recent frequent visits to the President.
“We have not given up on Saraki. He
is one of us and we believe he is going to be part of the mega party we will
form,” a PDP chieftain stated.
One of our correspondents learnt
that the Federal Government had dropped the Senate Order forgery suit against
Saraki in order to ensure his loyalty to Buhari.
It was also believed that the
Senate President was instrumental to the emergence of former sports minister,
Bolaji Abdullahi, as the National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party.
“Even the trial of the Senate
President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal may crumble or never be concluded. It’s
all part of the plan to ensure that Saraki does not join the new party to be
formed,” a source told one of our reporter.