Despite denial by Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu that he would not leave the governing All Progressives Congress (APC) for others as, according to him, it was the party that he laboured with others to build, it has been gathered that plans by some prominent members of PDP and APC is still well alive.
This has been furthered proved by a national newspaper report Monday that ahead of 2018 Presidential election, political intrigues and realignment are beginning to shape the political scene, with moves by politicians to form a mega party.
It was gathered weekend that barring any last minute change, politicians and conveners of the new political party drawn from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the All Progressives Congress, APC, were already fine tuning the name for the new party.
According to a source, the group which would be drawn from all the six geo-political zones of the country would converge on Abuja, the nation’s capital, Monday, December 19th, 2016 to conclude on a name for the new party.
It was however gathered that the members had already come up with a name known as the Action Democratic Party, ADP, just as the source said that if members agreed on the name and structure, all the documents would then be forwarded to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to commence the process of full registration.
Meanwhile, Senators from the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP and the APC, have not taken any position as they have remained aloof against the backdrop that anyone spoken to on the matter, were not ready to come up with any position.
The source said, “The name of the new party is Action Democratic Party, ADP, we will meet on 19th December in Abuja to look at the structure and send to INEC the name. At the meeting, we will determine who would be the pro tem Chairman. Everyone will be invited, those expected are from the six geo- political zones of the country as well as the Senatorial districts.
“Our proposed party will come out from the ashes of PDP and APC.”
It would be recalled that the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and aggrieved chieftains of the All Progressives Congress (APC) had reportedly intensified efforts aimed at forming a new mega party since the result of the Ondo State election was released.
Findings showed that besides the plan to form the new party, planned to come to force in March 2017, 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.
Although Bola Ahmed Tinubu had denied his reported plan to move out of APC, the latest report, by Vanguard, showed that idea of forming a new mega party by some leaders of the PDP and APC to serve as opposition to the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government and APC in 2019 was still on even after Tinubu’s denial.
But a source within the governing party told The DEFENDER that, “We are not letting down our guards.”
*This story first appeared on Vanguard 12/12/2016.