PDP Faces Another Loss As PDM Mulls Merger with APC
The Peoples Democratic Party may be in for another round of loss as a one of its major component, the Peoples Democratic Movement (PDM), which is said to be considering merger talks with the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).
The indication of the merger between the PDM and the APC is coming barely one week after the defection of five governors from the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the APC.
The PDM, founded by the late chief of staff, supreme headquarters, Major General Shehu Musa Yar’Adua, and inherited by former vice president Atiku Abubakar, remains the most enduring political bloc in the country. The formation of the PDP in 1998 depended on it.
It was gathered that the PDM, buoyed by the successful merger of the “new PDP” leadership spearheaded by the G-5 governors — Musa Rabiu Kwankwaso(Kano), Murtala Nyako (Adamawa), Rotimi Amaechi (Rivers), Abdulfattah Ahmed (Kwara) and Aliyu Wamakko (Sokoto) — has constituted a select committee to undertake what a source called “the possibility of an alliance or outright merger”.
According to the source, PDP has become very dictatorial with little room for opposing views. The PDM, he said, sees a future in a working relationship with the APC as a way of galvanizing inter-party support to wrest power from the PDP come 2015.
“This whole idea of alliance, or merger as you may wish to call it, was our original idea that we wanted to work on because we discovered that we needed not to deceive ourselves about winning as PDM.
“So the first thing we did was to undertake a study of the polity with a view to seeking the proper alliance, and we find the APC most plausible as a vehicle to achieve this. But, somewhere along the line, I think there were some conflicts of interests that made us abandon the whole idea.
“As it is, we have decided to move beyond the scepticism that has always characterised alliances by forging a relation; in fact, we have decided to set up a small committee to look at the possibility of an alliance or an outright merger with the APC because we have seen its workability, and if the whole essence is to rescue Nigeria, we will have no option than to fuse as one to forge ahead,” he said.
When contacted, APC’s interim national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said even though he was unaware of an alliance or merger talks, the doors of the party were open to all Nigerians “irrespective of party and religious affiliation”.
Also reacting, the media adviser to PDM’s national chairman, Alaba Yusuf, said that alliance talks were not impossible, even as he claimed ignorance of merger talks with the APC.
“Let me say in all sincerity that I am not aware of any alliance or merger talks between the APC and the PDM, but you should know that, in politics, nothing is impossible; that is all I can say for now,” Yusuf said.
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