…Two members of House of Reps from Ogun fingered
By Ayo Fadimu
A new political party being championed by the former Kano State governor, Rabiu Kwankwaso, the Senator representing, Kogi West in the Senate, Senator Dino Melaye, the Senator representing Kaduna central, Sheu Sani, the Senator representing Adamawa Central, Abdul-Azeez Nyako and others will soon be officially unveiled, Nigerian NewsDirect has leant.
Sources close to Nigerian NewsDirect revealed that the party was among the new five political parties to be approved by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) soon.
Two members of the House of Representatives from Ogun State are also identified as those penciled down to be members of the party when officially launched. Nigerian NewsDirect gathered that the two members have seen the handwriting that they may not be given the party’s ticket to return to the hallowed chamber by the powers-that-be in their political party.
Senator Nyako, who is a son of former Adamawa State governor, Murtala Nyako in a chat with newsmen disclosed that supporters of his father, are preparing to dump the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Addressing supporters in Yola, the state capital, Senator Nyako said they were preparing to quit APC due to marginalization.
He said they were “completely marginalised” in the just concluded ward, local government and state congresses held in the state.
Nyako said, “Even his father, Murtala Nyako lost control of his ward in Mayo-Belwa local government.”
The lawmaker noted that the reconciliatory talks between the APC leadership and aggrieved members of the “New PDP’ a faction within the APC, was just a ruse.”
He said, “We have no option than to go, but we are still discussing the party to move to with our entire structure. I have spoken with Prof. Jerry Gana in SDP. I also spoke with Attahiru Bafarawa and fixed an appointment for him with Admiral Nyako. Bafarawa wants us to return to PDP.
“On Thursday, I went to Abeokuta and sat (down) with (former president) Obasanjo about ADC. He directed me to see Brigadier Oyinlola who assured us that we will be absorbed with our structures if we join the party. I also spoke with Kwankwaso (former Kano governor) before the congresses.
“I was given the party’s constitution about a month ago, it’s a new party expected to be approved soon with four others by INEC.”
Nyako said they were happy leaving APC “before it’s too late.”
“We have done this before, when we left PDP to form APC and this time around by the grace of God, our movement will not be in vain,” Nyako said.
On his part, Melaye is having a running battle with his governor, Yahaya Bello over the control of the party structure. Although, he had signaled intention to return to his former party, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), our investigation revealed that the tide is strongly against him and the former governor of the state, Idris Wada might not have forgiven the Senator over the role he played in his defeat during the last governorship election.
Melaye currently does not control any political structure in Kogi State and this means he has no guarantee to get any political party ticket next year, except by great political maneuvering” a . close to Melaye told Nigerian NewsDirect.
Governor Bello has also brought Senator Smart Adeyemi, the two-time PDP Senator Melaye defeated in 2015 to APC and the chance of APC ticket for Melaye seems to be fizzling out.
However, Melaye, basking on his popularity and close contact with the Senate President, Bukola Saraki , who also has large followership in Kogi State is confident of winning the election on any platform.
It is not yet clear if Saraki is backing Melaye.
However, the Special Assistant on media to Kwankwaso, Hon Surajo Tsafe denied that his principal is floating a new political party.
In his response to enquiry by Nigerian NewsDirect, Tsafe through SMS responded “Its not true, Senator Kwankwaso is a very experienced politician. If he eventually decides to give the presidency a shot, it will be the outcome of an extensive consultations with other experienced politicians across the country”