The newly formed Peoples Mega Party, PMP, has disclosed that many members of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, have joined its fold.National chairman of the party, Chief Perry Opara, who made this claim at the inauguration of the party’s new national administrative headquarters in Abuja, on Tuesday, said the party had resisted attempts by moneybags from other political parties to hijack it.
Disclosing that some rich politicians had been approaching the party leaders with tempting offers to take over the party, he said he told them that the party was not for sale as the vision behind its formation was to have a platform that young Nigerians could use to contest elective offices in future.
Opara said: “Five days ago, a group of PDP members came here to say they are defecting to the PMP.“PDP professionals’ forum has also declared for the PMP, while some aggrieved members of PDP stakeholders’ forum in Abuja also defected to the PMP.”
He, however, assured that the, “hidden powers and individuals behind the PMP will be unveiled in the next seven weeks,” to put to rest speculations over the sponsors of the new party.PMP, which is seeking registration from the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as one of the recognised political parties in the country, also stated that some members of the Labour Party, LP, and the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, had made similar advances.
Reacting to the staggering amount charged by political parties in the country as nomination fees, Opara said: “We are going to reduce the cost of elections so that young professionals can have opportunity to contest.”