Markafi/Sherif crisis: PDP seeks alliance to form Mega Party

By Dada Jackson

The crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) seems to be far from being over if feelers reaching the Nigerian NewsDirect are anything to go by.

NewsDirect investigations revealed that the party was headed for a final disintegration considering moves by top members of the Markafi faction to go into alliance with other political parties for the purpose of forming a Mega party.

A chieftain of the party who spoke with NewsDirect on the condition of anonymity said that there was no way majority of the members would remain in the party if Senator Ali Modu Sherif wins at the Supreme Court.

According to him, if the Supreme Court ruling favours the Sherif faction of the party, there would be a mass exodus of members from the party.

He hinted, that the Markafi faction of the party is seriously considering going into an alliance with some parties with a view to forming a Mega party.

He pointed out that members of the Markafi’s faction whom he said were in the majority would not be comfortable ‘working with Senator Ali Modu Sherif because they do not trust him’.

The PDP chieftain hinted of a possible alliance with two or three existing political parties who have their strength in at least five geo-political zones of the country.

He regretted the invitation of Sheriff by some governors to come and be the helmsman of the party adding that his antecedents did not make him a trustworthy person.

He vowed never to remain in the party so long as Sherif remains the chairman of the party.

In a similar vein, the former Deputy Chairman (South West) of the party Chief Bode George has equally hinted of leaving the party if Sherif wins at the Supreme Court.

He said that it was wrong in the first instance for anybody to have invited Sheriff to the party as chairman adding that his demeanour did not qualify him to lead a party like the PDP.

He said that it would not be out of place if members of the Markafi faction of the party elected to go into an alliance with other political parties in order to form a Mega party.

Keen political watchers see the development as signaling the demise of the PDP considering that the Markafi’s faction has more of the governors, senators, House of Representatives members, State chairmen in its fold.

The mass exit of these members from the party would certainly spell a death knell for the Ali Modu Sherif’s faction.

In an interview with NewsDirect, the National Chairman of the Peoples Progressive Party (PPP) Damian Ogbona hinted that his party was favourably disposed to an alliance by any party so long as the alliance would not be for the purpose of unseating the ruling party All Progressives Congress (APC) from power.

According to him, what his party wants from any alliance with any other political party is for the emerging mega party to work towards restructuring the country and not for any selfish motive.

The PPP said that prior to the 2015 presidential election, his party approached the PDP for the purpose of going into an alliance but that it was rebuffed by the ruling party. He was quick to add, that his party was ready to form an alliance with any party so long as the alliance would not hurt any party.

Ogbona was of the opinion that forming an alliance would create a robust and enduring democratic environment for democracy to thrive.

In his reaction to the proposed alliance, the Chairman of the Labour party, Ogun State Chapter, Comrade Abayomi Arabambi said that the party was open to any form of alliance but was quick to add, that the only snag was that any political party that wanted to go into any form of alliance with the labour party should have at the back of its mind, that labour would not be willing to drop its logo. He pointed out that as the party of the masses the logo of the party was sacrosanct.

According to him, the National Chairman of the party had at different fora, made the position of the Labour Party clear that it was disposed to any form of alliance but would not for any reason, drop its logo.

He said that the party would continue to work for the unity of the country, pointing out, that for any meaningful alliance to take place, the interest of the country should be paramount over any primordial or selfish interest.

It would be recalled, that a chieftain of the PDP, Chief Raymond Dokpesi alongside a former Chairman of the Labour Party, LP, Mr. Dan Nwanyawu, floated a new political party, Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA).

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