The fragile peace that was beginning to settle in the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been shattered with the breakaway from the party by at least seven out of the party’s 23 governors, who announced that they have taken over the party.
Speaking at a press briefing in the Shehu Musa Yar’Adua Centre, Abuja, the faction announced a former acting National Chairman of the PDP, Abubakar Kawu Baraje, as its new leader.
The press briefing was attended by Governors Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers State), Rabi’u Musa Kwankwaso (Kano State), Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto State), Abdulfatah Ahmed (Kwara State), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa State), Sule Lamido (Jigawa State) and Babangida Aliyu (Niger State).
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, who earlier led the governors to stage a walk out from the ongoing special national convention of the PDP, was also at the press briefing.
Former Osun State Governor and National Secretary of the PDP, Prince Olagunsoye Oyinlola was announced as the National Secretary of the new PDP faction.
The party leaders said they took the step to salvage the PDP from those who have hijacked it.