The National convention held by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Port Harcourt on May 21, 2016, revealed the plans of some unsatisfied members of the party. The said members were majorly PDP members from the South-South region of Nigeria, who felt the concept of having a National Chairman and Presidential Flagman of the party for 2019 from the Northern Political Zone would not assist in helping to resolve the concerns of party constituents in the South.
Alternatively, PDP party members from the Northern region have thought of quitting the party all together. The PDP gladiators set to break include: Prof. Jerry Gana, Ojo Madueke, Okwesileize Nwodo, Raymond Dokpesi Josephine Anenil, Doyin Okukpe, Prof A.B.C Nwosu as well as former governors which include Donald Duke, Abdulkadir Kure, Ibrahim Shema, Attahiru Bafarawa, Manhmood Shinkafi and Lucky Igbenedion.
PDP’s main opposition party, the All Progressive Congress (APC) also has some disappointed members. There feeling is that the appointed offices in this present administration are occupied by APC members from the north, making the needs of the Southern region, in their eyes, to be not sufficiently represented. Some of the APC members who have this view and plan to quit the party include the Senate President, Bukola Saraki, APC Deputy National Secretary, Timi Frank and Former Osun State Governor, and Olagunsoye Oyinlola.
The two dissatisfied groups from different political parties are in talks to merge in order to create a stronger force against the ruling, APC party and the well-known Nigerian political party, PDP. The formation of the new party is expected to start immediately after a meeting that is expected to be held at any moment from now among the disenfranchised members.
Ondo State Governor, Olusegun Mimiko was also suspected of having thoughts to join the new political party that is expected to be the third giant among the party options ahead of the 2019 general election.