PDP Breakaway Faction Forms New Party

The bickering that has dogged the opposition, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), since losing the April 2015 presidential election, has transmuted into a split, Tuesday.
In what could be described as rumble, which may weaken PDP potency, occurred Tuesday afternoon, when Chief Perry Opara, a former aide to Ahmed Gulak, after a meeting at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja, announced that a faction of PDP and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) decided to split from the two parties and float a new party known as the Peoples Mega Party (PMP).
Chief Opara who led the PDP faction was an aide to former political adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, who recently filed a suit against the PDP and the then acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus and secured a judgement ordering Secondus to vacate office as acting chairman on ground that his acting role had elapsed.
His court case, in fact, led to the recent events in PDP that saw to the emergence of Alhaji Ali Sheriff as PDP Chairman.
Members of the factions who attended the maiden National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, ‎all adopted the convener, Chief Opara, as the protem chairman of the proposed party.
The APGA faction was led by Chief John Agbara, who addressed NEC members saying: “after a wide consultation, we have decided to collapse the structure of APGA to PMP today.We are today full members of ‎the PMP.”
Addressing the crowd, Opara said the need for the PMP was informed because of leadership crisis within the PDP which had impacted negatively on its glory and future.
“It does not mean that it is only people from the PDP, we have APGA chairmen from many states of Nigeria identifying with the new party, people from Labour Party (LP) and the Accord Party (AP).
“There are also disenchanted people from the APC that feel that they want a new place and that is what it is. Today marks the birth of this new party,” he said..
However, it yet to be seen how many bigwigs within PDP who will dump the party for the new one.
Days ahead will tell the story better.

Author: News Editor

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