The Senate President in the short-lived Third Republic, Senator Ameh Ebute has dismissed the claim by former vice president, Atiku Abubakar, seven Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP governors, and others that their decision to form a parallel EXCO of PDP was to salvage it from those who have hijacked the party, saying the real motive remains the interests of the various dissenters in 2015 presidential election.
Ebute, who is the chairman, Congress for Equality and Change, CEC, expressed optimism that members of the faction would retrace their steps back to the ruling party, just as he warned that there cannot be ‘two PDP’ in the country.
The elder statesman was reacting to the split in ranks of the PDP which resulted in Alhaji Atiku Abubakar and governors Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso (Kano), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto), Mu’azu Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Ahmed Abdulfatah (Kwara), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers) and Murtala Nyako (Adamawa) and their loyalists, staging a walkout during the PDP national convention held at the Eagles Square, in Abuja, to form their own faction of the party led by Alhaji Abubakar Kawu-Baraje.
According to Ebute, “Their ambition is the presidency and since they know that President Goodluck Jonathan is entitled to a second term in office, they don’t want to wait until 2019 that is the honest thing that is the problem.
“So, they should call a spade- spade, as there is nothing like a new ‘PDP’. I am sure the leadership of the PDP and the leadership of this country will bring the aggrieved party members together and they will trace their way back.
“I describe them as aggrieved party members for reasons that are obvious, and their reasons are to become president and vice president of this country. That is all,” Ebute stated.
“They are not the main reasons for their action. They call themselves a new PDP. PDP does not have two certificates of registration. The main certificate of registration is with the National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and the secretariat.
“So, when they talk about the new PDP, it beats my imagination. There cannot be two PDP in Nigeria. If eventually the peace move that will be put up by the leadership of the PDP fails, I foresee that they may move to the new Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM).
“But they cannot have two PDP in the country. There is nothing like a new PDP. They don’t have a certificate of registration with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and they cannot sponsor any candidate on the platform of their so-called PDP.
“That shows that they have not completely left PDP. And that is why I told you that when the leadership of the real PDP makes effort to bring them back, they will definitely come back,” Ebute affirmed.