PDM Not Considering Merger Or Alliance With APC, Says Nat’l Chairman

pdm-chairman-1_0The Peoples Democratic Movement, PDM, has denied media speculation that it plans to merge with the All Progressives Congress, APC.

A statement by the party’s national Chairman, Bashir Yusuf, signed by his spokesperson, Alaba Yusuf, in Abuja on Monday, said it was not considering a merger or alliance now, or in the foreseeable future.

The party was reacting to media reports that it had set up a committee to look at the possibility of merging with the APC in the wake of members of the New PDP’s defection to the APC last week.

“PDM has no consideration or intention to merge or align with any other political party in the country, contrary to insinuations in some sections of the mass media,” Mr. Yusuf said.

He attributed the report to the fertile imagination of some political wishful thinkers or soothsayers, saying that “PDM, as the oldest political party in Nigeria today, is here to stay. The only committee we have put in place recently is our membership registration committee”.

He said the party had so far registered millions of members and was planning to register more.

“Although we welcome constructive dialogue with any political party to further good governance and genuine developmental interest of our country, but merger or alliance is not under consideration for PDM; now or in the foreseeable future,” Mr. Yusuf said.

Meanwhile, the party, whose membership advisory committees have been going round the country sensitizing and mobilizing the public in view of its anticipated manual registration of members, has slated its congresses and national convention for early next year.