With Crisis in PDP, Discordant Interests in APC, Politicians Realigning for New Party

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A growing number of politicians are making moves for a realignment of political power in Nigeria towards a new political party, THISDAY has learnt. This is amid crisis in the main opposition party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), and conflicting interests in the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).

It was gathered that discussions among politicians from the two leading parties towards the floating of a new party started in earnest some months ago, and it was fast gathering momentum. Insiders said the new political move had the support of some serving governors from both the APC and PDP, key principal officers of the National Assembly, and some aggrieved political leaders across the six geo-political zones. A former senate president, Ken Nnamani, is being prevailed upon to act as the arrow-head of the emerging party, it is gathered.

Nnamani announced his resignation from PDP on February 6, saying, the party had abandoned “the path of its noble vision and values”. He was elected Senate President in 2003. In his statement titled, “PDP, the Burden and My Conscience,” Nnamani said he was fed up with the state of things in the party. But said he was quitting “without any iota of bitterness.”

He stated, “I do not believe I should continue to be a member of the PDP as it is defined today. This is certainly not the party I joined years ago to help change my country. I do not also believe that the PDP, as it is managed today, will provide an opportunity for me to continue to play the politics of principles and values, which I set for myself as a young man on leaving graduate school and working for a large multinational in the United States in the 70s and 80s.”

Nnamani did not announce an intention to join any political party, but he promised to remain politically active.
A former Senate Chief Whip, who chose not to be named, confirmed the emerging political moves. He said, “Go and talk to many political elites across the country today, you will hear and confirm huge frustration among them. Nobody seems to be happy with what is happening in the APC and the PDP. And some of us have come to a conclusion that there is urgent need to have a new and credible platform to save this country.

“You will be shocked to know that the agitation for a new political platform is more pronounced in the North, in spite of the fact that we currently have a sitting president from the North. It shows how frustrated people are in the country today.”

Another enthusiast of the emerging political grouping, who is a prominent leader of APC, also told THISDAY in confidence, “The hope that things will change for the better, with President Muhammadu Buhari in power, is being dashed by the day. As I speak with you today, the soul of the APC is gone. Go to the national secretariat of the party, they will tell you.”

It was learnt that some desperate efforts recently by concerned leaders of APC to iron out things among themselves were frustrated by the political hawks around Buhari, who are already strategising for 2019.

“What you are likely to have in the coming months is a congregation of old PDP members in the APC pulling out to form a formidable political party with some progressive-minded members of the present PDP,” the APC leader said last night in Abuja.

The special caucus meeting held last week by APC was said to be part of the measures to halt the tide of disenchantment, which promises to seriously threaten the ruling party. Very little was achieved by the meeting following the absence of President Muhammadu Buhari, who was unavoidably absent. But another meeting is being contemplated for this week, where aggrieved APC members would be expected to table their grievances before the party and the government.

Many APC members are said to be calling for the removal of the national chairman, John Odigie-Oyegun, citing poor leadership. It is suspected that the replacement for Odigie-Oyegun would come from the North as part of a grand plan to put the president in a position of comfort as far as party administration is concerned. But that is expected to meet with resistance, as party leaders from other parts of the country are likely to oppose the idea. Generally, many leaders of the party are said to be unhappy with the current status of the party and the government, having been shut out of the decision-making process, despite their commitment to the success of the party.

One of the problems believed to be delaying the manifestation of the idea of a new party, according to the promoters, is the question of the personality around which the party will be built. They want a personality that would sell, like Buhari did, for the APC.

Indications of how the politicians are readjusting towards the eventual formation of a new party are clearer in PDP. The party has lurched from one crisis to the next since it lost the general election to APC last year. The high turnover of PDP national chairmen since the election is symptomatic of the crisis within.

Adamu Muazu resigned under pressure as PDP national chairman on May 20 last year, accused of leading the former ruling party to a devastating defeat at the polls. He was replaced by Haliru Bello, who was appointed acting national chairman on May 25 last year and was sacked on February 10 this year. Bello was succeeded by the PDP deputy national chairman, Uche Secondus, who worked in acting capacity until February 16, when he handed over to the newly-appointed national chairman, Ali Modu Sheriff. Sheriff’s appointment has been enmeshed in controversy.

Though, PDP says it has resolved its leadership crisis following an agreement to let Sheriff run the affairs of the party for three months, until the national convention, when a new national leadership of the party would be elected. There are fears that PDP may come out of the national convention more divided than it went in. This is due to the very huge likelihood of a clash between the PDP governors, who were the main force behind Sheriff’s emergence as national chairman, and other groups and interests in the party that had opposed his choice.

In recent times, some prominent PDP members have resigned from the party without joining other parties, in what is seen as a strategic move to help nurture the expected new political platform. Besides Nnamani, Samuel Ogbemudia and Dalhatu Sarki Tafida have recently left PDP, but did not defect to other parties.

In APC, the National Assembly has been the main theatre of war. Senate President Bukola Saraki and House of Representatives Speaker Yakubu Dogara won their positions last June against the wish of the party, in connivance with PDP legislators. Sources say Saraki’s current trial by the Code of Conduct Bureau may prepare the ground for the consolidation of the moves towards a new party. Both Saraki and Dogara belong to a bloc within the party, the New PDP, which believed they needed to be compensated for their contributions to the victory of APC.

  • Luther Jens-Uwe Nigeria Lagos

    Bla Bla Bla and a circle of harassment in politics, since time immemorial.
    Corruption in the pretext of political actors, be with or not be the language of democracy.
    Distancing and distances in the debate what if this were not so, certainly a good question which the PDP
    and the ACP would make there.
    Crime is certainly no basis for democracy says the DHQ, so the parties keep an open mind left.
    PDP says the ACP, the ACP says Congress Congress says the PDP is therefore yet to accept that it is correct Democratically trains of change have formed in the Federation majorities with many new and small commercial variants, what the PDP has since had sieauch like because but as the ACP is in the foreground of the position of President and the country’s democracy, now you might think that it would be a subjugation, however Herscht the ACP not throughout the country, which might not always be accessible to the people, mix hiking conditions so many
    Politically them appear righteous.
    Therefore, democracy is always a people issue and the political clashes of political parties always opting for the people throughout the country so the people living and lives as Nigeria and so is or you have to also understand democracy.

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    Bla Bla und Bla ein Kreis der Anmache in der Politik , seit ewigen Zeiten.
    Korruption im Vorwand von Politischen Akteuren , mit dem sein oder nicht sein der Sprache zur Demokratie.
    Distanzierungen und Distanzen in der Aussprache was wäre wenn das nicht so wäre , Sicher eine gute Frage die sich die PDP
    und die ACP dort stellen müsste .
    Verbrechen ist sicher keine Grundlage für eine Demokratie sagt das DHQ ,also bleiben die Parteien unvoreingenommen übrig.
    PDP sagt die ACP die ACP sagt der Kongress der Kongress sagt die PDP also ist doch anzunehmen das es Demokratisch in Zügen des Wandels korrekt ist das in der Föderation sich Mehrheiten gebildet haben mit vielen neuen und kleinen Handelsvarianten , Was die PDP da hat hätte sieauch gerne da aber da ist die ACP in dem Vordergrund der Lage von Präsident und Demokratie des Landes ,nun könnte man denken ,das es eine Unterjochung wäre ,allerdings Herscht die ACP nicht im ganzen Land , was dem Volk nicht immer gerecht sein könnte , Wanderungen mischen Verhältnisse die so manches
    Politisch nicht gerecht erscheinen lassen .
    Von daher ist Demokratie immer eine Volks Angelegenheit und die Politischen Auseinandersetzungen von Parteien immer die Entscheidung für das Volk im ganzen Land so Leben die Menschen und so lebt Nigeria und so wird oder muss man auch die Demokratie Verstehen.

    Luther Jens-Uwe (Germany – Nigeria) 28.02.2016

  • daniel

    Buhari has failed so far to offer inspired leadership to the people. His government lacks vitality. People are getting depressed.

    • raji

      Buharai has fail in your own side because he had stop stealing from government purse

      • Okafor

        Yes he has failed because he hasn’t shown the way forward to our national problem. Chasing only his opponents is damaging his credibility, and his visionless approach to the economy.
        As for new party, I will not join them even if I am made their presidential candidate. Remain where you are and salvage it. In politics you cannot please everybody.

    • jude L/A USA

      When you criticize, you offer solutions or at least, show concrete facts of the points you make, otherwise, your posting will smack of idiotic comments.

      • Uko Francis

        Your ‘non-idiotic’ comment should have mentioned “concrete facts” instead of displaying the usual stupidity when someone expresses concerns over the terrible situations we now find ourselves. Not a single part of the system points to any hope, rather things are getting worse by the day and you are insulting someone when you are a bigger idiot.

      • BETICO

        Why should I be the one to give Buhari solutions to Nigerian problem. Look at it again. Buhari told Nigerians that he has the magic to turn around Nigerians situations to better. Just less than a year in power, the country has collapsed to the surprise of everybody. All indications point that ur president is busy strategizing for 2019 and fighting his perceived enemies, while our economy is being eating by rats and flies. If Buahri knows too well that he does not have the solution to our problems, why deceiving Nigerians

  • fld8778

    Anyone that expects real change to happen so fast knowing the Nigerian situations from knowledge point of view is not either not fair to this government lot is being mischievous. The government is on the right track to make Nigeria non import dependent country and that doesn’t happen in just just a year. Relying on imports for everything we need and also relying on crude oil exports for our forex is the summary of our problems as a country and changing the status quo out the stated problem has to be tough and not so fast.

    • KWOY

      You liar. With Jonathan you never knew that change takes long to come. And did you say so when you were campaigning for votes? Your promise was to radically & instantly equal the naira to the dollar, while swearing affidavit in place of certificates. All you have done so far is to drag Nigeria back to 1983 after Jonathan took it to 2043. Now, as I wrote in response to Joe Igbokwe when he was joining his slave owners to gloat at Igbos a few months ago, come 2019 the Yoruba & Hausa will not even vote together. Tinubu is here already plotting. And this is driving fear into you.