Thursday, April 24, 2014

Gbenga Daniel seeks PDP, PPN, Labour party merger

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The move is in preparations for the 2015 elections.

A faction of the troubled Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the Peoples Party of Nigeria, PPN, have begun talks with the Labour Party in Ogun State, for a possible alliance ahead of the 2015 polls, Premium Times has been informed.

The splinter groups from the PDP and the PPN are considering seeking offices on the platform of the LP which is currently the governing party in Ondo state.

The PDP faction pushing for the alignment is that led by former Ogun state governor, Gbenga Daniel; while the PPN team is led by Mr. Daniel’s political protégé, Gboyega Isiaka.

Mr. Isiaka contested the Ogun state governorship seat in 2011 on the PPN platform.

The Ogun state PDP has been fractured by years of internal wrangling mainly between Mr. Daniel, the state’s former governor, and former president, Olusegun Obasanjo.

Party sources say the merger efforts were afoot after it became clear wrestling the party from Mr. Obasanjo’s control may not be feasible.

It also became clear the PPN, which Mr. Daniel adopted as he was leaving office in 2011, would hardly command the required popularity and influence needed to sway voters in 2015.

“As part of merger strategies of the three parties, series of meetings had been on for some time,” a source said.

Party officials would not formally comment on the negotiations since the process was ongoing.

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