Factions soon broke off to form the All Peoples Party (later All Nigeria Peoples Party
) and the Alliance of Democracy; the PDP's earliest competition.
With the emergence of Oshiomhole, loyalists of the national leader of the party, Senator Bola Tinubu and his defunct Action Congress of Nigeria (CAN) were perceived to be in firm control of the APC, leading to complaints in hushed tones by remnants of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP), the All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP) and President Muhammadu Buhari's defunct Congress for Progressive Change (CPC).
Consequently, four opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), which has strong presence in the southwest; the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) and the All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP), popular in the northern parts of the country, and the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), which has a foothold in the southeast, merged to form a new party, the All Progressives Congress (APC) in February, as part of a strategy to dislodge the PDP in 2015.
The parties making waves in the state at the time were the AD, the All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP), the PDP and to some extent the Action Congress.
As hundreds of flags of the ruling party in the state, the All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP), the main opposition party in Nigeria, fluttered in the morning breeze alongside the national flag, the mood of joy and fulfilment was unmistakable.
That was not to be as Lawan and Gbajabiamila belonged to the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) respectively.
The PDP has never lost the election in Gombe State since 2003 when it won an election against an incumbent All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP) administration of Late Alhaji Abubakar Habu Hashidu.
And apparently in agreement with the Yoruba proverb which translates that if you have lost track of where you intend to go, you trace your steps to where you are coming from, the nPDP and its allies in the APC including members of the defunct Congress for Progressives Change (CPC), All Nigeria Peoples Party
(ANPP) and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) announced what looked like the process of withdrawal from the APC.