he ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been
losing prominent members since it lost the 2015 general
elections to the All Progressives Congress.
After President Muhammdu Buhari was sworn in as
president on May 29, some PDP stalwarts have dropped
their resignation letter from the party.
Some have completely quit politics, while others left the
PDP without indicating if they were joining other parties
or remaining party-less.
1. Bamanga Tukur :
It came as a surprise on September 15, when the former
national chairman of the PDP announced that he had quit
partisan politics .
Speaking on the occasion of his 80th birthday
anniversary at his residence in Abuja, Tukur said he was
leaving politics for the younger generation and preferred
to be an elder statesman and adviser.
In his word: “I deem it fit to use this opportunity of my
80th birthday celebration to announce my retirement
from partisan politics.”
Tukur, like his successor, Adamu Mu’azu, had been
pressured into resigning as chairman of the party.
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The former chairman said the PDP would have won the
2015 presidential election if he had remained as its
2. Victor Ndoma-Egba:
Not long after Tukur’s resignation, a former Senate
leader, Ndoma-Egba formally dumped the Peoples
Former Leader of the Senate, Victor Ndoma-Egba
The former Senate leader Ndoma-Egba had formally
dumped the PDP on Wednesday, September 16 , through a
resignation letter he signed and sent to the party
chairman in Akparabong ward, Ikom local government
area, in central senatorial district of the state.
Ndoma-Egba had cited the current policies and direction
of the PDP which had become inconsistent with his
philosophy and commitment to democratic principles, as
his reason for leaving the party.
The chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in
Cross River state claimed that the former Senate leader
left the party because they lost the 2015 elections .
Ndoma-Egba was elected into the Senate in 2003 on the
platform of the PDP to represent Cross River Central. He
became Senate leader in 2011.
Though he has not identified with any party, it is strongly
believed that, very soon, he will join the All Progressives
Congress (APC), which has been wooing him.
3. Edwin Clark :
Clark’s resignation from the PDP which is the latest
came as a big surprise. He was one of former president,
Goodluck Jonathan’s staunch supporters. He dropped
this bombshell during a meeting with a group, Think
Nigeria First Initiative at his Abuja residence on
Wednesday, October 7.
Chief Edwin Clark says he has left the Peoples
Democratic Party (PDP)
He said: “I no longer belong to the PDP. I won’t go to the
APC either, but I will continue to talk as an elder
statesman and leader of this country. I have left politics.
If anyone come to me to say he’s running for any
elective position in PDP or APC, I won’t support you. I’m
not a member of the PDP anymore.”
Some believe that Clark must have left the PDP as a
result of its loss in the 2015 general elections.