2019: Serving Ministers, APC Governors Behind The Formation Of Mega Party

By Ikenga Chronicles January 14, 2017

Emerging facts reveal that some serving ministers and governors on the platform of the All Progressives Congress(APC) are secretly plotting for President Muhammadu Buhari’s ouster by promoting the mega party ahead of 2019.

Beside the serving ministers and governors, reports revealed a former Speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, his father, Chief Alani Bankole and a minister of state for Agriculture under President Goodluck Jonathan, Alhaji Awodele Najeem Adewale have been named among notable promoters of the emerging party from the Southwest zone.

Recall that recently the promoters of the mega party who have been playing hide and seek for fear of been persecuted had allocated various positions to different geo-political zones.

According to a source, “Our support base cuts across party lines and cadres. It would be suicidal to mention their[ministers] names now. But they are people not happy within the system but should they be dropped in the imminent cabinet shake-up, Nigerians will surely know them.”

On the governors in secret romance with the party, the source gave the same excuse “for fear of persecution.”

According to a security source, “we are on the trail of the party’s sponsors still hibernating in APC and others. When we start asking for the source of the funds they are moving around, we hope they won’t start shouting political persecution that is if the party’s registration even scales through.”

Nonetheless, those saddled with the responsibility of organizing the party are pushing fast by setting up physical and administrative structures for the party across the country.

The APC has however dismissed with a wave of the hand the speculation that some of its governors and chieftains are discreetly promoting the planned mega party.

“It is all hearsay; we have not discussed the speculation.  APC is focusing on delivering good governance to the people…not listening to hearsay” the National Publicity Secretary of APC, Bolaji Abdullahi said.

He described APC as a great party and wondered why key members would go and promote another party.

The APC spokesman stressed that there had not been any report that any of the governors or chieftains are engaging in anti-party activities which he said, supporting or funding the new party would amount to.

“There is no case of anti- party activities by any of our governors and stalwarts which what you are talking about represents. It is all hearsay.”

The National Chairman of the APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun recently declared that APC does not feel threatened by talks of the formation of a mega party that will wrestle power from it, advising proponents of the emerging party to focus on providing formidable opposition to his party.

A former Minister and immediate past governor of Jigawa State, Sule Lamido, in his reaction to the emergence of the new party, said it was dead on arrival because it was built on betrayal.

“You see, to be honest with you, those who are talking about mega party are just reckoning by the mood of the moment. They are just trying to indulge in some kind of self-help or what you call escapism. And they are even calling names, some even say those who left the PDP to join the APC, want to return to the PDP, but would prefer to return on a different platform, because they are probably ashamed of returning to the PDP.  So, those of us who stayed back in the PDP are shameless?”

“Has the APC mega party worked? It cannot work because it is a party that lacks history, and hurriedly put together, just for the purpose of election. The formation was driven by anger. But the Nigerian problem is still there. It has been there before, and it will still be there. So, whether major or mega party, Nigeria’s problem is still there. The challenge is to face it.”

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