Former governor of Ebonyi State and Chairman Senate Committee on Commerce and Industry, Dr. Sam Egwu yesterday said formation of new party as being planned by some leaders of the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) following the lingering crisis of the party was not the best option.
He also said that some aggrieved leaders of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are also planning to team up with the PDP leaders to form a formidable party to confront the APC in the 2019 general elections. Speaking with some journalists in his Umuebe country home, Ohaukwu local government area of Ebonyi State, Egwu, a former Minister of Education, condemned formation of new parties in the country by some politicians each time their parties faced challenges which he said, was not obtainable in advanced countries.
“Yes, some people are of the view that a new party should be formed because of the lingering crisis. But one thing I believe is that in as much as I know that forming new party may be good option because the situation we have found ourselves in our party may be difficult to come out of it in the near future, the formation may not be the best option. “Let me tell you, this agitation for formation of new party is not only in the PDP, it is also in the APC where some leaders are not happy the way they are treated.
They are also clamouring for that, that they want a new party where those who are aggrieved in PDP and those who are aggrieved in APC will come together. So, a lot of formulations, a lot of theories are going on but some PDP states like Ebonyi and others, if you form another party, it will be difficult to convince the masses. “PDP has been in government in Ebonyi State for 17 years and you need to convince the villagers here that there is another party.”