A faction of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and that of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) on Tuesday pulled out of the two parties and floated a new party known as the Peoples Mega Party (PMP).
According to our source, members of the factions who attended the maiden National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the PMP held at Sheraton Hotels, Abuja, all adopted the convener, Chief Perry Opara, as the protem chairman of the proposed party.
Chief Opara who led the PDP faction served under Jonathan’s administration as the head of media and public affairs in the office of former political adviser Ahmed Gulak. Gulak recently sued the PDP and its then-acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, over his personal ambition to lead the party. Gulak secured a court judgment ordering Secondus to vacate office as acting chairman on grounds that his role had ended; but he was denied the post of national party chairman, which went to former Borno state Gov. Ali Modu Sheriff, according to Nigerian newspaper Premium Times.
The APGA faction was led by Chief John Agbara, who addressed NEC members saying: “after a wide consultation, we have decided to collapse the structure of APGA to PMP today.We are today full members of the PMP.”
The proposed party adopted human picture as its logo while its slogan is: “Forward Nigeria.”
Addressing the crowd, Opara said the need for the Peoples Mega Party (PMP) was informed because of leadership crisis within the PDP which had impacted negatively on its glory and future.
“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). 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,” he said.