PDP Falling Apart As Amaechi, Six Other Governors Float New Party


Seven of the 23 governors of the People’;s Democratic Party, PDP has reportedly decided to float a new party, the Voice of the People, VOP, compounding the troubles facing the PDP.

The application for registration by the new party, it was learnt at the weekend, has been filed with the Independent National Electoral Commission, which is processing it. A source in INEC contacted on the development, yesterday, said he was unable to confirm the veracity or the stage of the application.
The party, it was learnt, is receiving the patronage of several chieftains of the PDP.

The seven governors alleged to be behind the new party include all five Northern governors that have engaged in a series of consultation with eminent statesmen, including former heads of state. The five governors are Murtala Nyako of Adamawa ; Rabiu Kwankwanso of Kano; Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto; Sule Lamido of Jigawa and Babangida Aliyu of Niger State. The five governors are being joined in the rebellion against the PDP by Governor Abdulfatah Ahmed of Kwara and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, Vanguard reports.

Another governor is also sympathetic to the proposed VOP, but his identity could not be confirmed as at weekend. The inclinations of Speaker Aminu Waziri Tambuwal towards the new party have also not been confirmed though it was learnt that he has been approached.

The decision of the governors to move out of the PDP came ahead of the special national convention of the PDP this weekend. Governor Amaechi who has been suspended has not been invited to the convention but the decision of the other six to pull out of the PDP could come as a blow to the PDP given the electoral weight of the states involved.

With Sokoto, Kano and Jigawa states out of control of the PDP and the Southwest totally out of control of the ruling party, the PDP would be reduced to playing second fiddle in the Northwest and Southwest regions whose total voters’ population is more than 40% of the national voting population. PDP does not have total control of the Southeast too, reducing the party’s electoral strength significantly.

There were indications that last Friday’s private meeting between Governor Kwankwaso and President Goodluck Jonathan was a last minute bid to stop the governor and his colleagues from the rebellion, but now it seems a little too late.

Though associates of Speaker Tambuwal in the House of Representatives claimed ignorance of his involvement or knowledge of the new party, there were nevertheless suspicions that the involvement of Governor Wamakko could inevitably lead the speaker into the emerging party.

Speaker Tambuwal has been severally flayed by some PDP associates for his close ties with opposition political parties.

The decision of the governors to float a party instead of teaming up with the All Progressives Congress, APC, it was gathered, flowed from deep suspicions between the governors and some of the promoters of the APC.

One of the governors involved in the new party had told Vanguard that General Muhammadu Buhari and Mallam Nasir El-Rufai who are among the champions of the APC were missing when activists fought for democracy during military rule. [Vanguard]


  1. Wow, so glad to be the first to comment here.Goodmorning, i am very happy about this new development. I can see that my able Governors are forming a new party,and my prayer is that may this good for nothing party called P*P be defeat with a landslide.But forming new party is’nt the problem, because the more you form new party, the more the number of votes reduce.So please my North,west, Governors please stick yourselves to either APC or VOP so that the votes will be concentrated in this two parties.How i wish these my Governors will join APC instead of forming new party. Here is one of my advice to this newly formed party APC, i think the party need to bring out someone geniune, in the sense that there will be fifty five percent of the total votes in these very country in the year 2014/2015 General election… I Hate that party that called itselve P*P from the buttom of my heart. And if p*p by any chance win in 2015 i advice that there should be military intervention… Thank you M.I (Yuppie). Have a wonderful morning. Is not my fault, is OBJ’s fault cos, he was the person that brought phone to Nigeria during his tenure.And you know how Nigerians are… “Adieu”

    • Yoppi or wat eva u cal ur name, i dnt knw d adjective 2 qualify, wada calin u a fool or smthng else. Out of d 5 govanors, who has realy don wel up 2 10% in it own state dat now fit in 2 b re-elected again 2 any position dey sole desire. Haba my broda y alowin dis political elite, criminals, thievies 2 ruin our lives and our future 4 dirty games called politics, wat wrong wit pdp dey decampin frm, jst bcos dey dnt agree wit d present administration eerh. D day dey acept 2 b member of pdp, are thing 2 movin smootly in said party?, there must b problems dat y dey are human beings not wild animal watin 4 2 kill, dey keep confusing inocent nigerians on who 2 vote, thank God u complained of d additional party u talkd of. Since dis tenor no political elected office holder has 25% of they promise includin mr president, al dey have been doin since there present tenor was playing politics ahead of 2014-2015 general election, then u suddenly bcom happy as if it ur birthday. Beta sid and think of somthng beta 2 do of ur life if not loosing it wound b gud advise in one of d post election violence ahead. If wat i said annoid u call me on this numba, 08061616003

  2. Amaechi is a big shame to Rivers State. Hope they all have it in mind to give a proper stewardship as they all claim to be good people. Governor Amaechi should joined another party when he wanted to gain his mandate back. Amaechi should be prepared to face the dance he brought to Rivers State. God will bring you down shortly you and your evil colleagues

  3. I hav not sing eny foult 4rom dis govrs dat decid on wat dy want bcs ther iz no deal on chosing wt u wnt Amaechi nd d ordars hav deffrent impresion in der maind so let B.i’m wit u guys#fact

  4. @steve, how dare u call my able, indefatigable Governor Amaechi a disgrace…u must be myopic nd mentally unstable, u are among those who tarnish d truth nd preffer 2 live in lies,Rivers state has bn transformed beyond my wildest imagination, even graduate all over nigerian are bn employed by d state ministry in different capacity..for those who doubt our love 4 our governor….he remain d best governor nigeria ever had

  5. And just to chime in with a guys standpoint – do not obsess far too much over extend marks….we really you should not discover them excessive…..they are basically reminders you carried our youngsters which you lost %anchor% to test and search great for us (never ever intellect that we previously believe you seem great).


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