More crises for PDP as OBJ’s men pull out of party

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The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has run into a fresh round of trouble. The acrimony that trailed the national convention of the party last December has resurfaced after some Board of Trustees (BoT) members of the party defected to the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and pledged to work with the coalition movement recently formed by former President Olusegun Obasanjo.

They also declared that the PDP, as the leading opposition platform, had reached its end ahead of 2019 general elections. While the situation has created some disquiet within the Board of Trustees (BoT) of the PDP which was most hit by the defection, some of the members have disagreed over the impact the former president’s coalition would have on the polity ahead of 2019. LEADERSHIP Sunday recalls that a Memorandum of Understanding was on Thursday signed by the defecting PDP members, other political parties and other groups to dissolve into the SDP at Sheraton Hotel, Abuja.

Some of those mentioned include former minister of education, Prof Tunde Adeniran and former minister of information, Prof Jerry Gana, who served in former President Olusegun Obasanjo’s government and who are also members of PDP’s BoT. It will be recalled that Adeniran had contested the national chairmanship of PDP last December, which was won by Prince Uche Secondus, who enjoyed the support of the governors spearheaded by the Rivers State governor, Nyesom Wike.

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