There are reports making the rounds that former Vice President Atiku Abubakar and nine governors have sent an application to the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC for the registration of a new political party.
Sources said the documents for the registration of the new party to be known as the Peoples Progressive Movement, PPM, are currently being scrutinised by INEC.
Some of the governors who joined Atiku to form the party include Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, governors dissatisfied with the leadership style of the Chairman of the party, Bamanga Tukur, and the insistence by President Goodluck Jonathan to go for a second term.
They are Governors Babangida Aliyu (Niger), Sule Lamido (Jigawa), Rabiu Kwankwaso (Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa).
Others are Garba Umar, acting governor of Taraba State; Abdufatah Ahmed of Kwara State and Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State.
A source close to INEC revealed that the new party should have been registered along with the All Progressives Congress, APC, but INEC delayed the registration “for strategic reasons.’
Other politicians said to be sympathetic to the new party include the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal and some federal legislators.
SavidNews gathered from source that the Atiku’s spokesman, Shehu Garba, when contacted on the development, neither denied nor confirmed it.
He simply promised to get back to us but could not before we went to press.
Atiku recently kicked against the exclusion of his name from the list of PDP delegates from Adamawa State for the party’s national convention on Saturday, 31 August, 2013.
It was not clear if Atiku would actualise his presidential ambition by contesting on the platform of the new party if it is eventually registered by INEC.