By Ajogwu Jerry
Not sure of what the outcome of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), primary election would be and determined not to put all their political eggs in one basket, some aspirants have started funding other political parties, particularly, the relatively uncontroversial parties.
Investigations by TheNigerian revealed that some of the Presidential hopefuls have a leg in PDP and the other leg in the party they founded and are being funded.
It was gathered that the Presidential aspirants in most of the parties ensured that their stooges held executive offices in the new political parties.
For some of the parties, personal buildings of these aspirants are being used as offices while items or colours associated with the aspirants are being used as either the logo or colour of the party’s flag.
Investigations by TheNigerian reveal that in a bid to win the 2019 Presidential election by utilizing every possible means, Alhaji Rabiu Kwankwaso is directly funding one of the newly registered political parties.
Our correspondent reliably gathered that the new party, Alliance National Party (ANP), with its headquarters situated at 11 Mahatma Gandhi Street, Area 11, Garki Abuja is nurtured by Dr. Kwankwaso, one of the major contenders for the Presidential ticket.
Kwankwaso who recently decamped to the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is funding the ANP as a plan B in case he fails to get the presidential ticket of the party after the PDP presidential primaries scheduled for next month (September 2018).
On his part, Nigeria’s former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar has pitched his tent with the People’s Democratic Movement (PDM) ahead of the September primaries. Atiku in his bid to win the Presidential race of 2019 has been in the political corridor gallivanting in search of fresh air even though it is obvious that his former Boss, Chief Olusegun Obasanjo is not comfortable or supporting his bid.
From our findings, we discovered that most politicians are all guilty as the duo (Kwankwaso and Atiku) with the style of operating under two or more political parties as a ploy or standby option toward their quest to ascend power. Perhaps, this move is birthed by stirrings of desperation or diplomacy but it is not healthy for our nation’s nascent democracy.
Most aspirants are hinging their heels on the templates of the newly registered political parties with so many distractions in an attempt to get the people’s mandate or empathy by feigning infrastructural gesture. As the journey towards the 2019 election gradually gains momentum, TheNigerian will keep you updated about the hidden agenda of the bigwigs and newbies.