Despite playing down the existence of serious
challenges that may jeopardize the fortunes of
the party in the 2015 elections, the Peoples
Democratic Party, PDP, appears to be heading
towards more difficult times after all.
This is as seven of the party’s 23 governors have
decided to float a new party, the Voice of the
People, VOP, a few days after the emergence of
the People’s Democratic Movement, PDM.
Sources say the application for registration,
which is presently with the Independent
National Electoral Commission, INEC, is
DailyPost gathered that the VOP is being
promoted by some chieftains and progressive
members of the PDP.
However, the major backing is coming from
seven aggrieved governors on the PDP platform
including Murtala Nyako of Adamawa ; Rabiu
Kwankwanso of Kano; Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto;
Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Babangida Aliyu of
Niger State, Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State and
Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara.
The public knowledge of the
development coincides with
the final preparations for the
special national convention of the PDP this
President Goodluck Jonathan in last Friday’s
private meeting with Governor Kwankwaso
might have appealed to him and his colleagues
to put the plan on hold while peace talks
With thirteen states in the hands of rival All
Progressives Congress, APC, another party
controlled by seven governors would mean that
the opposition controls 20 of the 36 states in the
country and a merger between both may result
in the ouster of the ruling PDP in 2015.
If INEC eventually registers the VOP, then the
tour by the PDP national reconciliation
committee led by the Bayelsa state Governor,
Seriake Dickson may become a wasted effort.