The disagreement within the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, came to a climax yesterday as some members of the party teamed up with others in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, and other parties to form a new party, Peoples Mega Party (PMP).
The new party, which held its maiden meeting in Abuja yesterday adopted Chief Perry Opara (aide to former political adviser to Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Ahmed Gulak) as the protem chairman of the party.
During the meeting, Chief Perry Okpara told participants that the formation of the new party, PMP, was necessitated by the leadership crisis within the PDP which had impacted negatively on its chances. He added that the new political platform would provide a very focused and patriotic body devoid of negative traits of impunity and confusion.
Although Okpara did not give the names of the politicians behind the party formation, but he stressed that the party draws its membership from across existing political parties in the country.
The major people who are in the party are former members of the PDP who are disenchanted by the high level of corruption, high level of impunity and high-handedness in the PDP. There are also disenchanted people from the APC that feel that they want a new place and that is what it is. Today marks the birth of this new party.
It does not mean that it is only people from the PDP, we have APGA chairmen from many states of Nigeria identifying with the new party, people from Labour Party, LP, and the Accord Party, AP
They have decided to form something very new and they are of the opinion that they should hand over the party to younger elements who are less corrupt and who can fight for the interest of the people.
The proposed party adopted the picture of a human being as its logo, while its slogan is: “Forward Nigeria.”
Chief John Agbara, leader of the APGA faction group said:
After a wide consultation, we have decided to collapse the structure of APGA to PMP today. We are today full members of the PMP.
Chief Opara added that the new party would take the next step to approach the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for registration. He also said that when registered, the party would focus more of its attention on recruiting the youths who constitute about 54% of the country’s population into it’s fold.