A former Governor of Kaduna State, Senator Ahmed Makarfi, has revealed why the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has not merged with any other political party yet.
He said if the PDP is not careful going through the process of merging with other parties, it may result to the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, hurting and sending the main opposition party into extinction.
He said the APC may end up shutting the PDP out of the 2019 elections.
Speaking in an interview with The Sun, Makarfi, a former Caretaker Committee Chairman of the PDP, said “Merger is a technical issue that…except if we simplify it by legislation.
“This government the way they work, if you play into their hands they will extinguish you because before you merge you have to dissolve as a political party and surrender your licenses.
“If you do that and government interferes with INEC and they don’t approve for you, even if you go to court it will take a long time. By that time maybe the elections are over.
“So you have to look at the kind of government you are having. If you are having an open, democratic government that does not interfere you can consider a lot of things.
“But when you are dealing with a set of people that are very vicious the way they approach things you have to be very careful what you adopt to the play towards 2019 otherwise you will fall into a trap and you may not be able to come out of it.”