Nigerian Politics: PDP Faction Breaks Out, Sets Up New Party

5 years ago

A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party on Tuesday set up a new political party in Abuja. The party, which has yet to be registered, is known as the Peoples Mega Party.

The faction is led by Perry Opara, an aide to Goodluck Jonathan’s Political Adviser, Ahmed Gulak.

Recalled that only recently, Gukak declared himself as the national chairman of the PDP.
But many members of the party rejected his leadership. The new party is believed to have been formed by persons working for aggrieved members of the PDP.

At the NC/national retreat held by the promoters of the new party, its Acting National Chairman, Opara told the delegates that the party’s mission was to provide a focused and patriotic body.

He said the crisis over the resignation of the former National Chairman of the PDP, Alhaji Adamu Mu’azu also led to the setting up of the new party.

Opara flayed the national leadership of the party for its refusal to allow someone from the North-East replace Mu’azu after the former governor of Bauchi State resigned after the 2015 general elections.

He said, “We tried to examine why the party lost, how to rebrand it and all that but unfortunately, all efforts were rebuffed. We went through the country to see who would represent us. We went to Alex Ekwueme and Sen. Ken Nnamani to lead us.

“At a stage, Ekwueme led a delegation to the national headquarters of the party to allow the North-East have a new chairman.

“For four hours, we couldn’t get any word from the NWC as words of commitment. We all left in anger and in dejection… That is impunity.”

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