By Eze Chukwuemeka Eze
With threat with many major opposition parties in the country, including the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP), Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and others finalising talks over the proposed alliance ahead of 2015 election, amid high expectations, Second Republic governor of Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, affirmed in a chat recently that principal actors in the alliance were more than eager to ensure the ouster of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) from power by the next general election. Musa said he was part of the actors who had been working to ensure a new government takes over power in 2015. “ACN is currently the largest opposition party in Nigeria at the moment. We count on the party to work in unison with other political parties for the good of the opposition.”
In another development it is reported that Chief Olusegun Obasanjo and the former military president, General Ibrahim Badamasi Babangida, as well as some sitting governors on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have perfected plans to float a new political party ahead of the 2015 elections. In the plot, driven mostly by some serving and former governors from the Northern part of the country, Obasanjo is expected to make a statement in mid-2013, stating reasons for power to return to the North in 2015.
The PDP Publicity Secretary, Chief Metuh stated, “On the unconfirmed reports of possible formation of a break away party from the PDP, let us wait until that happens; we will wait to confirm such stories than react now”
In reaction against the background of alliance talks between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) ahead of the 2015 election, a former national chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Barnabas Gemade, has said any gang up against the ruling party will fail. Senator Gemade, who represents Benue State in the Senate, wondered why the PDP would be worried about opposition alliance when it had not worked out in the past, saying “the PDP should not be afraid of the gang up, it is not new.”
Chief Owolabi Salis who contested the office of the National Secretary of the party during its last congress cautions against breaking up PDP as that may crumble the country, “If PDP could break it would also lead to the disintegration of the country because of its weight in the country. It has become a national treasure that deserves careful and cautious management”
Eze Chukwuemeka Eze is a Media Consultant based in Port Harcourt,