As the process to dump the All Progressive Party (APC) gathers momentum by aggrieved members of r-APC, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) is doing everything to bear watch the potential harvest of top APC members slip off their grasp.
The aggrieved APC members, mainly from the National Assembly seem sure to leave the ruling party but the party launched a massive intervention led by President Buhari himself.
How to now ensure that they don’t change their minds is what PDP is desperately trying to work out at a National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting fixed for Monday.
There was a meeting on Sunday night to discuss issues bothering on the terms by both the defectors and the party and this, they must firm up by Monday.
A party source told Leadership that the Governor Liyel Imoke interface and reconciliation committee will be the platform upon which the meetings will hold.
The source said some of the issues to discuss include assurances on membership waivers, automatic tickets, and the possibility of a change of name for the party.
“Next week will be very crucial to the life of both the PDP and APC ahead of 2019. Whichever one survives or goes will be the outcome of meetings between now and tomorrow night. By Tuesday and Wednesday things will happen at a very frenetic pace.”
The source added that “the APC has been moving from house or house to cajole federal lawmakers to stay behind and not leave but they have long made up their minds to leave.”
It appears the PDP is ready to concertise the concessions based on the templates laid out in the Liyel Imoke Committee, knowing the APC would fight hard to avert the impending exodus of its bigwigs to the PDP.