A former National Chairman of the Labour Party, Chief Dan Nwanyanwu, on Monday in Abuja, unveiled a new political party, the Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance.
He said the party, which had not been registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission, would herald a new era in the country.
There were insinuations that the party was being sponsored by some aggrieved members of the factionalised Peoples Democratic Party.
However, the Chairman of its National Caretaker Committee, Ahmed Makarfi, said his faction was not part of those behind the formation of the new political party.
The spokesperson for the faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said that the PDP must not be linked with the new party.
Although, the Chairman emeritus of DAAR Communications, Chief Raymond Dokpesi, who was a former national chairmanship aspirant of the PDP, was at the unveiling ceremony, he, nevertheless, denied being involved in the party.
Explaining the reason behind the new party, Nwanyanwu said it was the desire to give Nigeria a truly progressive party, adding that most of the existing political parties, which he said pride themselves as progressives, were at best made of those he described as reactionary elements.
He said, “APDA, as a social democratic movement, has a single purpose and mission of ensuring that every Nigerian, no matter the creed, culture, learning and social grouping, would have equal and unfettered access to all accruing dividends of citizenship.”
The former Chairman of LP promised that APDA would provide a level-playing field for all its members.
He added that in the new party, the office of the president would rotate between the North and South, with all the geopolitical zones taking turns to produce a President for the country.
He also said the governorship and local government chairmanship positions would rotate among the three senatorial zones in the states and wards.
He said, “So many of the established political parties appear to be fixated with recycling the same old leaders, repeating the same old rhetorics and reabsorbing the same old moribund way of doing things.
“As against this new order, most existing Nigerian political parties are fixated and set in these old ways thus becoming a cul-de-sac of strange bedfellows with even more estranged ideologies – the only point of convergence being the conquest of power and the sharing of the bounties of such conquest.
“Similarly, most of the political parties in existence today conveniently attach ‘progressive’ to their names when indeed they are reactionary political parties in content and character or at best ultra-conservative political parties.”
He further explained that the political party would address fundamental issues that would unite the nation, adding that “the political party I am unveiling today on behalf of all of us is ideologically roofed and seeks to address all the fundamental issues that will keep Nigerians united with every citizen having a sense of equality, justice, protection, belonging and fair play.”