The Chairman, Board of Trustees of the Peoples Democratic Party, Senator Walid Jibrin, on Tuesday in Abuja, dismissed alleged merger talks with the National Leader of the All Progressives Congress, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, and others.
The BoT chair of the main opposition party insisted that the party did not contact the former governor of Lagos State or any member of the APC with the hope of luring them to the PDP. He said the camp of Senator Ahmed Makarfi-led PDP was busy repositioning the party and had yet to contact anyone in the APC with the aim of luring them to defect to the main opposition party. Jibrin said such reports suggesting alliance talks by the Makarfi camp with Tinubu and some disgruntled members of the APC emanated from those he described as mischief makers.
There were reports that apart from Tinubu, the PDP was also luring a former Vice-President, Atiku Abubakar; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Aliyu Wamakko among others.
Jibrin in a statement said the PDP had never contemplated teaming up with Tinubu and the other APC members with the purpose of either forming a new political party or strengthening the PDP. Jibrin said, “I salute Tinubu’s courage for coming out to speak frankly about his position regarding this unfounded rumour and for setting the record straight. “In Tinubu’s own reaction denouncing the report, he condemned the PDP and I can’t understand why anybody would think that we are going to form a new party with somebody who is condemning us. Read more