The Advanced Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) has distanced its self from the ongoing memorandum of understanding (MoU) signing between the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and 36 other opposition political parties.
The fringe party, in a statement, out-rightly dismissed media reports that it was part of merger agreement with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the 2019 elections.
The party’s Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Bayo Olumoko, described the reports as unfounded, baseless and untrue.
According to the spokesman, the purported merger plan is being orchestrated by mischief makers to undermine the integrity of the party.
It was reported by a section of the media that APDA was among 45 political parties that would form a mega alliance with the PDP in the bid to wrest power from the ruling APC.
He said: “For the avoidance of doubt and for the umpteenth time, APDA is not part of any merger with the PDP and is not interested in any merger for now. The party has not taken any position as it is waiting for a better alternative and will make it known to its supporters and the public,” he said.
He, however, acknowledged that leaders of some political parties including the PDP had approached them for merger but that the party had not given any commitment.
Recall that the PDP had summoned all former ministers, state chairmen and other leaders of its party to a “critical meeting” at the Shehu Musa Yaradua Centre in Abuja, where they signed the MoU with the other parties on Monday.
The “crucial meeting” was announced by the National Secretary of the PDP, Senenator Umaru Ibrahim Tsauri.
Meanwhile, present at the ongoing MoU signing between the PDP and other political parties are Rivers State Governor, Nyesom Wike, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar, Senators Dino Melaye, David Mark, Aniete Okon, and all chairmen of the 44 opposition political parties amongst others (The Whistler).