Disenchated PDP members form new party
For the People’s Democractic Party, the table has continued to turn and all into woes. The party, which was roundly defeated by All Progessives Congress in the 2015 general elections has splintered again, indicating the falling apart of the inchoate structure that was the party all along.
Some members of the party teamed up with others in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and other parties to form a new party. The group, which held its maiden meeting in Abuja yesterday, unanimously adopted Chief Perry Opara as the protem chairman of the proposed party, named Peoples Mega Party, PMP.
Chief Opara was an aide to former political adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak, an indication that he might be represent a strong political persuasion in the party.
Gulak, it will be recalled 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.
Opara said the leadership crisis within the PDP which had impacted negatively on its chances, which made the formation of PMP an imperative.
Opara, who was addressing members of the new party, said, “The major people who are in the party are former members of the PDP who are disenchanted by the high level of corruption, high level of impunity and high-handedness in the PDP.
''They have decided to form something very new and they are of the opinion that they should hand over the party to younger elements who are less corrupt and who can fight for the interest of the people.
“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, LPbe , 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.”
The proposed party adopted the picture of a human being as its logo, while its slogan is: “Forward Nigeria.”
According for the interim chairman, PMP will take the next step to approach the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for registration.
He said that when registered, the party would focus more of its attention on recruiting the youths who constitute about 54% of the country's population into it's fold.