PDP washes hands off merger rumour

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Wednesday deflated rumours making the rounds that it was involved in merger discussions with any political party in preparation for the 2027 general election.

In a statement made available to Blueprint by its National Publicity Secretary, Hon. Debo Ologunagba, in Abuja, the party declared that there was no merger plan, saying it was mere ruse and utterly misleading.

According to Ologunagba, the PDP is satisfied with the increasing influx of old and new members, adding that the party expects other old members to return to PDP rather than expect the party’s merger with their current party.

In the statement titled: “We Are Not in Any Merger Talks with Another Political Party,”, PDP emphasized that the National Working Committee of the party has taken a resolute position that formally forecloses any possibility of a merger with any other political party.

It reads: “The National Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) after its 587th meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, restates for the umpteenth time that the PDP is not engaged in any merger, fusion or amalgamation talks with any other political Party or interest.

“While the PDP, as a truly people’s Party, is open and welcoming to all Nigerians including our former members who left for other parties, we state that our Party remains strong and formidable, capable of winning elections in a free, fair, and transparent electoral process in our country.

“The NWC acknowledges the influx of millions of Nigerians into our Party in the ongoing Party Membership Drive in all the Electoral Wards across the country; which further confirms that the PDP remains the Party of choice for the majority of Nigerians.

“The public, teeming members of our great Party, Democracy Institutions, and of course the International Community should therefore disregard any report suggesting any form of merger between the PDP and any other political party as such is not in the contemplation of our great party.”