- The PDP said it was going to meet with politicians who looked not to have parties at the moment
- A former minister said the party would specifically meet with Dogara and Saraki
- He said Obasanjo was on the party's side
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is reportedly making plans to meet with the Senate president, Bukola Saraki, and the speaker of the House of Representative, Yakubu Dogara, to encourage their defection to the party.
Vanguard reports that a minister who served during the administration of Goodluck Jonathan who spoke on the condition of anonymity said they were hoping to meet with politicians who seemed to be neither in the PDP or the All Progressives Congress (APC).
He said the party was focusing on politicians “neither in the APC or in PDP at the moment.”
“The talks have been on for several months now. I can say without fear of contradiction that we started this journey immediately we got the historic Supreme Court Judgement on July 12, 2017 which affirmed the leadership of the former chairman of the National Caretaker Committee of our party, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi. But recent events have convinced us the more on the need for continuous engagements with these critical stakeholders.
“As early as next week, representatives of the party will meet with Saraki, Dogara, the Kwara governor and all those that left the APC but yet to identify with any party. Our mission is not to destabilise the ruling party as I read earlier today (Wednesday) but to rescue Nigeria. Today, the nation is sinking but we can’t allow what is happening now to proceed beyond May 29, 2019.”
He also said Chief Olusegun Obasanjo was part of them considering his preferred party, the African Democratic Congress (ADC) was in coalition with the PDP.
He said: “What Nigeria is facing today is beyond party nomenclature. You will agree with me that the tension in the land today is troubling for everyone. Just a few days ago, travellers including a Professor were murdered on their way to Abuja. Baba (Obasanjo) is a man who is not afraid to speak his mind and we are happy, he wrote a public statement not long ago wherein, he called the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to issues of urgent national importance.
“ADC and PDP are part of the Coalition of United Political Parties, CUPP, and if you ask me, I will say that is a sign of a working relationship. It can only get better."
Meanwhile, Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue state has officially announced his resignation from the All Progressives Congress (APC).
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The governor made the announcement at the Government House, Makurdi, hours after some Benue youths blocked his convoy, preventing him from visiting APC national chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, in Abuja.
There have been insinuations that the governor will quit the ruling party after he announced on Monday, July 16, that he has been sent out of the APC, and is currently exploring a new option to actualise his future ambition.
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