Political bigwigs in both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, are intensifying plans to form a broad based political platform to displace the two big parties in the country.
Talks to form what is called a “third force” in political circles, according to findings, centre around whittling down the influence of the ruling APC and the opposition PDP. The plan is expected to fully mature next year.
Moves towards that goal were said to have intensified during the disputed National Convention of the PDP which just ended in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, this week.
Sources close to the PDP told Tribune on Friday that the discussions that certain leaders of the party had expressed the sentiment that they should move out en masse from the PDP and go ahead to form the ‘third force’ with others in the ruling party a move which they reasoned, would ensure that the PDP is left to the Ali Modu Sheriff faction.
One of the speakers at the meeting was quoted as saying that those behind Sheriff are “not up to the size of a local government” and that if the PDP is abandoned for them it would become a hollow structure.
It was, however, learnt that an understanding had been reached at the closed parley that efforts aimed at forming another party with likeminded politicians from within the PDP and the APC should intensify quietly.
A source close to the two parties indicated that “a working agreement is already in place to ensure that the aggrieved members of the APC and the PDP are brought together in a way that would decimate the ruling party and supplant it in 2019.”
Sources confirmed to Tribune that some political bigwigs within the APC are already getting excited at the prospect of joining up with like minds to form a party in which they would have equal stakes.