New PDP Faction Says They Are More Than 14 Governors


Information reaching through sources close to the new faction  indicates that the main reason why the group of governor?s broke away had to do with the ?doctored? list of executives supposedly presented to the national party for the election. It was gathered that the list that was read out to the national convention was not the original list produced by a joint group including President Jonathan. Our source indicates that a list of candidates were previously agreed upon by all of the involved stakeholders ? who had convened with the president on how to proceed in peace as a unified party. The President, according to our source, agreed to the presentation of the list of candidates for the executives of the party.


?The list of candidates is fake. It was not drawn from the original list we agreed on. The President has started what he might not be able to finish. The list of candidates he produced were people he wants to use to engineer the PDP to deliver him in 2015. And, we will not stand for that.? said the source who went on to threaten that the fractionalization of the party was just the beginning, ?the next few days will introduce to the polity foundation-moving actions that may see the end of PDP as we presently know it?.  He added that the President has refused to dialogue sincerely with the aggrieved persons in the party ? ?he has instead chosen to toe the Obasanjo line of brute method. But it would not work this time?.

The source who was among the fellows that walked out of the PDP convention revealed further that up to fourteen [14] governors have already expressed interest in crossing the aisle to join them. He explained that the reason only seven [7] governors walked out today was because the seven were the coordinators of the group. He claimed in his words that ?President Jonathan is aware of the number of Governors who are with us?.

It was made clear that should the President refuse to toe the line of dialogue ? that the group of governors and other stakeholder will likely collapse the PDP into another party ? likely the Peoples Democratic Movement [PDM] or Voice of the People [VOP].

The announcement of the formation of a new faction came earlier today at a press briefing in Abuja where Abubakar Kawu Baraje, a former acting National Chairman of the PDP announced as the leader of the new faction of the party. The press briefing was attended by at least seven governors including those of Kano, Sokoto, Rivers, Jigawa, Kwara, Adamawa, and Niger. Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar was also at the press briefing. A former Osun State Governor and National Secretary of the PDP, Olagunsoye Oyinlola, was announced as the National Secretary of the new PDP faction.

Our explained also that the group opted to stage a walkout today during the national convention into order to hit the Jonathan-lead PDP ?hard? and ?publicly?. ?But we did not plan to walk out today?.

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