PDP Rebel Governors To Join New Party


There is no let up in the crises in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, as the seven “rebel” governors may have resolved to turn their backs finally against the party and shut out further reconciliations.They are heading to the Accord Party,and former president Olusegun Obasanjo is being touted as the national leader.

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The decision was taken at a meeting of the aggrieved leaders  of the nPDP in Abuja yesterday. A competent source close to the group told Sunday sun that the  choice of Accord Party was arrived at following a careful study of current trends in the polity, the terrain and current political dynamics.

However, only six of the governors opted for the Accord party.Sokoto state governor,Aliu Wammakko was said to have a preference for the All Peoples congress,APC.The group is mulling an electoral alliance with the APC in the 2015 elections.

Contary to widely held belief that the nPDP would likely wash up in the APC, the party was jettisioned following fears that it might  be “swallowed”and it’s cause and identity lost.

The source hinted: “Tinubu and Buhari are already firmly established in the party and may not be willing to concede much grounds.Besides their ambitions are not hidden. We want a party where positions are still open and nothing is foreclosed. We also want to be respected.”

The likely presidential candidate of the party was still a closely guided secret as the source said it was not discussed. Sunday sun however learnt that Obasanjo is disposed towards  a Muhammadu Buhari candidacy when the alliance with Apc is formed.

Again the source said:”A most likely source of friction is the position of running mate to the presidential candidate in the alliance.six governors in nPDP compares in strength with the six in the former ACN.”

A former governor of oyo state Rasheed Ladoja  who is now a leader of Accord Party was said to be part of the meeting. The announcement may be made during the week.

Obasanjo has been a force in the various negotiations for peace in the party since the August 31 rebellion that that trailed the special convention of the PDP.Although a hotch-potch peace pact was reached at the last meeting last Sunday, the protagonists had since dug back to their original positions.If the movement to Accord Party pulls through, the stenght of the PDP in the National Assembly will be vitiated,but it will not yet make for easy change of leadership at the relevant arms of government.

Babatunde Akinsola
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Babatunde Akinsola is aNaija247news' Southwest editor. He's based in Lagos and writes on the Yoruba Nation political issues, news and investigative reports

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