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Aggrieved PDP Members Float New Party


Owing to the disenchantment in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),a new political platform believed to be formed fronts of aggrieved bigwigs of the party has come into being.

Although none of the notable politicians were present during the formation meeting of the new political organisation, the picture painted by the promoters who spoke at the event was that they were just acting as the forerunners.

At the National Executive Council/national retreat held by the promoters of the yet-to- be registered party, the Peoples Mega Party (PMP), the  National Coordinator of the political organisation, Chief Perry Opara, told the delegates that the mission of the new political platform would provide a very focused and patriotic body devoid of negative traits of impunity and confusion.

“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,” he said.

Following renewed leadership crisis in the PDP,  many chieftains of the party have been forced to leave the party, while others have expressed frustrations over the goings-on in the former ruling party.

However, Opara who is a close associate of the estranged PDP chieftain and former Presidential aide, Alhaji Ali Ahmed Gulak, said apart from the bigwigs from the PDP, there are others from even the ruling party, All Progressives Congress (APC), desirous of pitching their tent with the new party.

However, PMP cordinator  declined to mention names of those PDP and APC members floating the party, saying no one among them has given permission to make it open.

“This does not mean that it is only people from the PDP that are in PMP, there are also people from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) chapters in many states. There are people from the Labour Party (LP) and there are some disenchanted people from the ruling party,” he said.

As part of the major highlights of yesterday’s  meeting, promoters and members of new political organisation drawn from the 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) voted to choose ‘Peoples Mega  Party’ as the party’s name. In the vein, the meeting agreed through a voice vote to use the acronym – PMP, people as logo and ‘Forward Nigeria’ as the party’s motto.

While fielding questions from  journalists, Opara said the new organisation would take the next step to approach the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for registration.

He said PMP, when registered is going to focus more on recruiting the youths into it’s fold since that segment of the society constitutes  about 54 per cent the country’s population.

“As soon the new party is registered, you will start seeing big names coming out to declare their support and membership. The people you call bigwigs of PDP will start embracing PMP, in fact some of them have already indicated interest in teaming up with us and it is just a matter of time.”

Meanwhile, the PDP has rescheduled the meetings of the National Caucus, Board of Trustees (BoT) and the National Executive Committee (NEC).

The National Caucus meeting has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 6, 2016 at 7p.m.

The re-scheduling of the high-level party meetings was conveyed in a statement issued yesterday evening by the National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh. He said the BoT meeting would now hold on Monday, March 7, 2016 at 11a.m, while the NEC meeting holds at 2p.m. on the same Monday, March 7, 2016

“The leadership of the party deeply regrets any inconveniences that may be caused by this adjustment.

The PDP had earlier scheduled the meeting of BoT, NEC  for today and tomorrow respectively.

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