2023: Former President Chief Obasanjo Hunts For New Party, Picks 3 Ex-Govs As Coordinators

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A hybrid party that will accommodate aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and those of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the run-up to the 2023 general elections is being worked on by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Sunday Vanguard learned.

A competent source told Sunday Vanguard 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 said that although the former President claimed that he had since torn his PDP membership card and resigned from active politics, he was still active in mobilising Nigerians to influence the emergence of the next President, governors and other leaders.

“Even as the name for the hybrid party has not been made public as we speak, Baba is seriously mobilising his keen loyalists and die-hard supporters across the country to actualise 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 envelop 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.

A hybrid party that will accommodate aggrieved members of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, and those of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in the run-up to the 2023 general elections is being worked on by former President, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo, Sunday Vanguard learned.

A competent source told Sunday Vanguard 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 said that although the former President claimed that he had since torn his PDP membership card and resigned from active politics, he was still active in mobilising Nigerians to influence the emergence of the next President, governors and other leaders.

“Even as the name for the hybrid party has not been made public as we speak, Baba is seriously mobilising his keen loyalists and die-hard supporters across the country to actualise 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 envelop 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.

Thereby weakening the cohesion that would have helped the party to work as a family with the hope of taking over power from the APC.