The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has held secret talks with some of its former governors and other chieftains who defected to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
During the talks, members of the PDP allegedly discussed how to rebrand and reposition the party ahead of the elections in 2019.
The Nation reports that some of the negotiations took place abroad to avoid the eyes of security agencies.
Among those being targeted by the PDP are Atiku Abubakar, a former vice president, Bukola Saraki, the Senate president, ex-governors Rabiu Kwankwaso, Danjuma Goje, Aliyu Wammako, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto state, several APC senators, some members of the House of Representatives and others.
According to reliable sources, none of the leaders or members of the National Assembly has yet agreed to the overtures.
The leadership of the opposition party, which is desperate to have the ex-governors and defectors back, has reportedly decided to track the movement of the targeted APC leaders abroad for further talks.
Commenting on the development, a member of the party’s National Working Committee (NWC) said:
“We are determined to bring back our top leaders who defected to APC. We want to heal wounds, we are already reaching out to some of these ex-governors and leaders.
“So far, none of them has made any commitment. Some of them have become disenchanted with PDP to the extent that they don’t want to hear the name of this party again.
“Others are demanding reforms in PDP before they can even contemplate thinking about their return to our party.
“We are leaving all options open and we are reaching out to top leaders, ex-governors and the grassroots. We will return PDP to its original ideals.”
On Thursday, November 12, Ibrahim Babangida, a former president of Nigeria, Mallam Adamu Ciroma, ex-minister of finance, Namadi Sambo, a former vice president, and some influential party leaders from the North were absent at the party’s National Conference. It left the NWC with the impression that North is not about to forgive the party yet.
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“I think the challenge facing PDP now is that Southern elements have hijacked the structure of the party and no one is happy about it.
“Certainly, they must restructure the party to create a sense of belonging for all. So far, what we see is the same South-South and South-East elements trying to play on the intelligence of the North again.
“Let them come up with terms which will guarantee fairness and Justice for all. For instance, why will PDP not respect its zoning formula on party offices?
“Why can’t an acting National Chairman emerge from the North-East to which it was originally zoned? If PDP is seeking equity, it must do so with clean hands,” a reliable source said.
Meanwhile, the APC has called on the opposition to correct its mistakes of the last 16 years by returning public funds supposedly stolen by its members.
According to the ruling party, this is the only way Nigerians will believe that the PDP is serious about rebranding.
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