PDP Denies Merger Talks with Tinubu

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THE Board of Trustees, BoT, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has dismissed media reports of alliance talks with Bola Tinubu, national leader of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and others.

Walid Jibrin, chairman of the PDP BoT, said such reports by the Ahmed Makarfi camp of the PDP were unfounded.

The reports also mentioned former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Rabiu Kwankwaso, former governor of Kano State and Aliyu Wamakko, a senator, as part of the talks.

But in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, December 6, Jibrin said the party had never contemplated partnership with Tinubu and other APC chieftains with the purpose of forming another political party.

He 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 reaction denouncing the report, he criticised 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.

“The PDP is a golden name, a party formed by respectable and dignified Nigerians like Alex Ekwueme, Jerry Gana, Solomon Lar, Adamu Ciroma, Aminu Wali, Sule Lamido and many others.”

He commended the efforts by the Ike Ekweremadu committee and another led by  Jerry Gana, a former Information minister, in finding solution to the conflicts within the PDP.

The party described the withdrawal of Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State’s security aides as unconstitutional and asked that the decision be reversed immediately.

“Nigerians will recall that Governor Wike alerted to the plots of enemies to murder him. A serious indication was the withdrawal of more than 70 percent of security personnel detailed to the Rivers State Government House, by the state Commissioner of Police, Mr. Folusho Adebanjo, working on the orders of the Federal Government.

“Wike has written two letters to the Inspector General of Police, IGP, reporting this obvious breach of his constitutional rights which has received no response. Instead, the chief security officer, who happens to be the governor’s number one line of defence was withdrawn in the reply from the IGP,” the party said.

—  Dec 7, 2016 @ 13:50 GMT

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