Former President of Nigeria, Olusegun Obasanjo is reportedly working on the establishment of an hybrid party that will accommodate aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and those of the Opposition People’s Democratic Party, PDP.
According to Vanguard, a source revealed that Obasanjo is convinced that the two major political parties are likely to be embroiled in serious legal and political conflicts that would leave them in a bad shape to be able to contest and win the forthcoming elections and form a national government.
The source disclosed that although the former President claimed to have torn his PDP membership card and resigned from active politics, he remains active in the mobilization of people particularly in determining who wins major offices in the 2023 elections.
“Even as the name for the hybrid party has not been made public as we speak, Baba (Obasanjo) is seriously mobilizing his keen loyalists and die hard supporters across the country to actualize his dream of installing a government that would be answerable to him,” a source privy to the new political calculation said last night.
According to the source, Obasanjo is hoping to harvest many key members of the two major political parties into his new Party as a result of the forthcoming preparations for 2023.
He is said to be seriously banking on the potential rancour that would envelope the ruling APC over the conduct of its primaries and inability to manage the discontent coupled with the fact that President Muhammadu Buhari is not likely to intervene in the crisis since he is not contesting again.
The ex-President is also said to be worried about the overbearing influence of a South-South Governor in the PDP and his simmering altercation with the National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus.
“Baba is afraid of the growing personalization of the party by one man and the growing rancour with other stakeholders of the PDP and he does not want to put all his eggs into the troubled ship,” a close source said.
“In fact, it was for these reasons that the former President has been moving round and consulting with those he believes can help in realising the new political thinking.”
It is gathered that to consolidate the gains said to have been made so far by Obasanjo in setting up the new Party, he scheduled a strategic meeting with his loyalists and associate for Tuesday, July 13.
It is expected that three former Governors of Osun, Jigawa and Kwara States and other coordinators drawn from across the six zones of the country, as well as the structure of the fledging political movement, would be unveiled.
“The three former Governors are to subtly coordinate the activities of the hybrid party in the North-West, North-Central and South-West zones, while efforts are being made to name more co-ordinators for the remaining areas of the country,” the source added.