A new opposition mega party is being worked out be aggrieved members of the ruling APC and the Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led faction of the PDP.
PDP currently controls 11 states in the country.
Bola Ahmed Tinbubu and former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar are behind the mega party.
However, both APC leaders have denied their involvement in the proposed party, saying they remained committed to the APC.
Some of the states targeted by the mega party spread across five crucial geopolitical zones of the country.
The calculation is that once the new party is able to hold down these states, others could be turned into a battleground.
The states already considered to be the strongholds of the proposed mega party are Abia, Ebonyi, and Enugu in the South-east.
Rivers, Akwa Ibom, Delta, Cross River and Bayelsa in the South-south.
Osun, Oyo, Ekiti, and Lagos in the South-West.
Gombe, Taraba, Adamawa in the North East; and for now Benue State in the North-central zone.
Governors of these 16 states are warming up to the idea of a mega party too.
Those plotting and strategizing are of the view that certain states are germane to the victory.
A source privy to the plans said the Makarfi-led PDP are not happy the manner at which Atiku and Tinubu denied their involvement in the formation of the new party.
According to a PDP chieftain, “We would have expected Atiku and Tinubu to have been more strategic in their reactions to the news.
“They just proved that they could develop cold feet at the slightest whiff.
“Their denials could be a setback for the mega party, as there is no way the formation can progress with this kind of attitude.
“We know it is going to be tough, but we must be ready to live with the consequences.”