The proposed mega party that will challenge the ruling All Progressives Congress is afoot.
The new party may comprise the Ahmed Makarfi faction of the PDP and aggrieved chieftains of APC.
Political bigwigs who are touted to be backing the plan includes Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso, Atiku Abubakar.
Bola Tinubu, Bukola Saraki, Timi Frank and other PDP bigwigs are said to be behind the plan too.
Besides forming a new party, those behind the plans are considering adopting any of the existing political parties.
A PDP chieftain privy to the plan said “The mega party is still at a formative stage but I can tell you we are making steady progress.
“Ondo State is a case in hand. A governor from the North-Central and some ministers, has hijacked APC party structure.
“They have shown more than once that they want to frustrate Tinubu and Atiku out of the APC.
“These are tested politicians, who have no plans of retiring any time soon.
“The picture will become clearer before the end of the first quarter of next year (March 2017).
“The reason is because some of our people believe that if we come out now, the cabal will use executive powers to frustrate us.
“Others feel it is better to let Nigerians know but our leaders are meeting at home and abroad. We are waiting for them.”
The PDP chieftain added that “The South-East and South-South are areas of our strength.
“We have noticed that the Presidency has been receiving Igbo leaders at the Aso Rock.
“This is part of the bid to win the zone in 2019.
“We may have to make some concessions to the South-East to truly show that we care for the zone.
“These will include rotational presidency.”
For Tinubu, it was also gathered that the group was seriously considering the offer of the Makarfi faction to form a mega party.
It was learnt that the Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, had been reaching out to the Tinubu group on behalf of the faction.
A member of the Tinubu group said “We do not want to make the mistake we made with Buhari by rushing to support him.
“We are considering the offer from the PDP faction.”
It was gathered that the Makarfi faction was aware of the desperate move of the President to woo Saraki.
This, it was learnt, was one of the reasons for the Senate President’s recent frequent visits to the President.
“Even the trial of the Senate President at the Code of Conduct Tribunal may crumble or never be concluded.
“It’s all part of the plan to ensure that Saraki does not join the new party to be formed,” a source told one of our correspondents.
“Kwankanso is going to be part of the new arrangement because for now, he is only a fringe member of the APC.”