Social Democratic Party (SDP) National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Alfa Mohammed says a mass influx of Governors, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, members will be experienced this week.
Mohammed told Punch that three PDP, two APC govs, 35 senators are set to join SDP very soon.
He, however, refused to disclose their names, stating that a repeat of what happened in 2015 election is about to take place in 2019 election as Nigerians are tired of the APC and the PDP.
He said “First of all, you know there is a leadership vacuum created by the two bigger parties – the Peoples Democratic Party and the All Progressives Congress – as a result of bad governance. That led to a situation where Nigerians were disillusioned and the search for an alternative platform commenced.
“So, likeminded Nigerians from the political class and the civil society organisations came together and began the search for a new political platform that is credible and capable of ushering in a credible government that will implement the people’s programme.
“It is a fact that five governors and 35 senators have been meeting and they have endorsed this coming together. They are strongly behind it and it does not end there; others will also begin to join as soon as the time permits. It has to do with strategy. So, it is a fact that we have those numbers that we have been meeting with for some time, and for strategic reasons, their names will not be mentioned now.
“You may recall that during the 2015 elections, a similar coalition was what led to the enthronement of the (now ruling) APC government. So, a precedent was set during that election.
“It is now clear that the easiest way to replace a non-performing government in Nigeria is for the opposition to come together. It is therefore a replay of what happened in the 2015 election that is about to take place. So, it is obvious that Nigerians are disillusioned and the government has not actually performed. It has not fulfilled its promises of better electricity supply, employment creation and security. All these have become worse under this government, and because of that, stakeholders decided to come together and perform a similar feat that was performed in 2015. So, right now, the vehicle has started.
“A chieftain of the APC in Adamawa State, Emma Bello, defected to the SDP. He is a former governorship aspirant and a former member of the House of Representatives. Similarly, About seven former commissioners in Minna (Niger State) had discussions with me, and that is what is happening all over the country. In the next few weeks, you will see a great surprise. You will see the influx of progressive-minded Nigerians into the SDP; not from the political class alone but even from civil society organisations, youths and even market women.
“For the first time, let me make it a bit clear: For the governors, three are from the PDP and two are from the APC. That is the most I can say. I have not mentioned this to any correspondent.
“For the senators, they are mixed and, as of this morning, our contacts in the National Assembly informed me that people have signified their interest and they have advised on what we should do again.
“By the time we finish all the arrangements, I assure you that the SDP will become the majority in the National Assembly before the election, and I am sure of what I am telling you. It is the truth. People have come to discover that there is the need for a third force.
“The PDP has disappointed Nigerians and Nigerians. In the quest for a change, they went for the APC, believing that it would be the messiah they were waiting for. Regrettably, the PDP was like Egypt, where the Jews were enslaved. And it was like the APC took Nigerians to the wilderness and abandoned them. So, Nigerians now are at a crossroads, whether to go back to slavery or remain in the wilderness. The SDP is therefore the vehicle that will drive Nigerians to the Promised Land, insha’Allah.”