As the 2023 general elections draw closer, prominent politicians have come together to float a third force called 'Rescue Nigeria Project' as an alternative platform to the All Progressive Congress, APC, and Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
Photo of former PDP governors who co-founded, RNP
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However, one had expected that the politicians behind the new platform wouldn't have held political positions in the existing parties. But, the contrary is the case as there are prominent politicians and former PDP governors who are among the founders.
Based on the statement released after its formation, the political pundits have argued that this might be another gimmick of an existing party ( PDP) to weaken the popularity or influence of the APC ahead of 2023.
This is because RNP can't be described as a political party. The Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, as a constitutional body has not said anything concerning the group.
Also, in their keynote addresses, the founders submitted that the platform was established to fix the mess and set key criteria leaders must have before they can attain any political position in the 2023 general elections.
The founders have also indicated that nepotism and political exclusion of the present administration has made the country more divided than ever as evident in the various separatist agitation that is threatening the corporate existence of the country itself.
However, they have only made references to the happenings since 2015 to date, not prior years that PDP had ruled the country. In this article, you are going to read about 2 former PDP governors who are part of the politicians that established RNP.
1. Ahmed Abdulfatai
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He was a former Governor of Kwara State for solid 8 years under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP. He was a commissioner of finance when Bukola Saraki was ruling the state as governor.
Before venturing into politics, Ahmed was a lecturer in Organic Chemistry and later Acting Head of Department at Federal College of Arts and Science, Sokoto, in Sokoto State.
He later became an Assistant Manager at District Savings and Loans, Lagos. In 1993, he started working with Guaranty Trust Bank in the Credit and Marketing Unit. In 1998, he moved to Societe Generale Bank Nigeria, a bank believed to be owned by the Saraki family.
He sometimes moved with Saraki from the PDP to the APC. The party eventually lost in the state to the APC in 2015.
1. Donald Duke
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The 59-year-old Duke was the Governor of Cross River State 2 times between 1999 and 2007. He later decamped to the Social Democratic Party, SDP before the 2029 general elections.
Duke was nominated as a Presidential candidate for Social Democratic Party, SDP. but lost to Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress. In May this year, the Calabar-born politician made headlines when the incumbent Governor Ben Ayade decamped from the PDP to APC.
While reacting to the defection news, Donald Duke said it was unfortunate that Ayade left after encouraging him to rejoin PDP. Duke who had earlier claimed that he left the PDP in the first place because the “umbrella was breaking” returned to the party in 2020.
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