There are strong rumours that a former governor of Kaduna State and People’s Democratic Party factional leader, Ahmed Makarfi could be secretly planning his defection to the ruling APC.
The Ali Modu Sheriff camp of the main opposition party in Nigeria – People’s Democratic Party has raised an alarm about an alleged clandestine move by Ahmed Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee to defect to a new party after wooing aggrieved members of the APC.
This is an indication of the unabated crisis of the PDP which has affected the party’s participation in the Ondo gubernatorial election coming up on the 26th of November, 2016.
It said the plan of the Makarfi-led National Caretaker Committee was to dump the PDP after ensuring that it had gained sufficient confidence of those who appeared to have lost out in the APC.
This is coming few days after Thisday Newspaper reported that the Makarfi-led Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have decided to chart a new course by setting in motion a process that would eventually lead to the formation of a new political alliance ahead of the 2019 general election.
A member of the National Working Committee of the party under Sheriff, who spoke on condition of anonymity to Punch Newspaper wondered why the Makarfi camp would set up what he described as “inter-party committee” instead of “intra-party” committee to reposition the former ruling party ahead of 2019.
The source added, “They (members of the Makarfi group) have been meeting clandestinely with some disgruntled members of the APC with a view to forming a new party ahead of 2019.
“They are also talking with those who have corruption cases against them by either the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission, the Independent Corrupt Practices and other related offences Commission, the Police or the Code of Conduct Tribunal.
He said, “They are looking for people of questionable character and all those who are not happy with President Muhammadu Buhari in the APC are their target.
“How do you set up an inter-party committee when the problem is with us, the PDP alone?
“Why would they be scouting for people who have corruption cases against them, and those who are being tried for one criminal case or the other?
“For us, we will take the party to the people who own it and we won’t allow just one governor to lord it over the people of his state at all times.”
It was also learnt that the Sheriff faction had concluded plan to set up a rival committee on how to rejuvenate the troubled party.
Membership of the proposed committee, which will be named before Monday, was debated by the faction at its meeting in Abuja on Wednesday.