Wednesday 24th May, 2017
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2019: PDP vows not to change name, says it's open for merger

2019: PDP vows not to change name, says it's open for merger

Peoples Democrat­ic Party (PDP) yesterday vowed not to change its name, but added that the party was open to en­ter into an alliance or merger with “lovers of democracy.”
The party has also said that it is ready and willing to settle all is­sue amicably with the Ali Modu Sheriff group and any other group that is aggrieved only if they will come to the negotiating table with genuine intention.
PDP Strategy Review and Inter Party Affairs Committee which was inaugurated last month by Sen Ahmed Ma­karfi, however, defined the basis upon which the party will enter into a merger or alliance ahead of 2019 general election.
Chairman of the 115-member commit­tee, Prof Jerry Gana, ex­plained that their plans for merger or alliance will not degenerate to what is happening to the ruling All Progres­sives Congress (APC), but added that its syn­dicate committee, led by former Deputy Sen­ate President, Ibrahim Mantu, is working on modalities for such ar­rangement.
Gana said while ad­dressing newsmen that “on progress of al­liance, I would like to give details of what is being recommended. But the PDP is desir­ous of attracting all lovers of democracy across the country as we move forward. But there are details I cannot divulge at the moment because the committee’s recom­mendation will be passed on to the party leadership. It will not be wise to disclose the details before we sub­mit the report.

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