2019: PDP Begins Talks With APC Breakaway Faction
The leadership of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has begun talks with members of the breakaway group of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC).
The talks are expected to intensify in the coming days.
A large number of aggrieved prominent chieftains of the APC had, on Wednesday, announced the formation of the Reformed APC, signaling their exit from the mainstream APC.
Membership of the Reformed APC, as announced by its chairman, Buba Galadima, cut across the various defunct political parties that merged to form the APC in 2014.
Prominent among the chieftains being targeted by the PDP include the President of the Senate, Bukola Saraki who is the de facto leader of the Reformed APC.
Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara and a large number of members of the two chambers of the National Assembly are also members of the group.
While discussion about the possible fusion of the R-APC into PDP has reached an advanced stage, it was gathered that there are still some knotty areas to be resolved.
Similarly, it was also gathered that majority of intending defectors in the Reformed APC, particularly among members of the National Assembly, have insisted on having automatic 2019 return tickets to their seats.
This has created a dilemma for the leadership of the PDP because if the demand is acceded to, many of the party’s members may have to be sacrificed for the intending returnees.
The party leaders are worried that this may create another crisis for the PDP that could lead to the exodus of a large number of party faithful.
Our source reliably gathered that the leadership of the PDP will soon be meeting with the leadership of the Reformed APC.
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