New PDP Faction Has More Than 14 Governors – Source
Indications have emerged that the fractionalization of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP with the emergence of a new faction led by former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and seven governors of the party might just be the beginning of more intrigues to come as a source within the party has said that “the next few days will introduce to the polity foundation-moving actions that may see the end of PDP as we presently know it“.
The source who was among the fellows that walked out of the PDP convention revealed further that up to fourteen governors have already expressed interest in crossing the aisle to join them.
He explained that the reason only seven (7) governors walked out today was because the seven were the coordinators of the group. He claimed in his words that “President Jonathan is aware of the number of Governors who are with us“.
It was made clear that should the President refuse to toe the line of dialogue – that the group of governors and other stakeholder will likely collapse the PDP into another party – likely the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM) or Voice of the People (VOP).
The announcement of the formation of a new faction came earlier today at a press briefing in Abuja where Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a former acting National Chairman of the PDP was announced as the leader of the new faction of the party. The press briefing was attended by at least seven governors including those of Kano, Sokoto, Rivers, Jigawa, Kwara, Adamawa, and Niger. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was also at the press briefing. A former Osun State Governor and National Secretary of the PDP, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was announced as the National Secretary of the new PDP faction.
The source explained also that the group opted to stage a walkout today during the national convention into order to hit the Jonathan-lead PDP ‘hard’ and ‘publicly’. “But we did not plan to walk out today“.
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