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.