2019: PDP Approves Merger With R-APC
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has set up a committee to meet with the reformed All Progressives Congress (rAPC) and harmonise the positions of both interest groups.
The committee, which would be announced during the week, is also to discuss the possibility of changing the name of the PDP as requested by some of the other political parties.
The party’s decision was taken at its 80th National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting on Monday following assurances that many big wigs in the rAPC would defect by Thursday.
Those who have left the All Progressives Congress (APC) include: Rabiu Kwankwaso, Suleiman Nkuyi, Issa Misau, Dino Melaye, Barnabas Gemade and Monsura Sumonu
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The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, who briefed journalists at the end of the meeting, said as a rebranded and repositioned party, the party would no longer condone any act of indiscipline within its fold.
On the planned change of name, Ologbondiyan failed to give any specific time frame given the committee to submit its report.
“We are not talking of time frame here now because we have no time. Tomorrow we can come out and say this is what we have decided,” he said.
Ologbondiyan said that NEC applauded the fusion of R-APC into PDP and approved the alliance entered into by the party with other 39 political parties.
He said a template has been approved by the party for every state chapter on how to handle the fusion of new members into the PDP.
According to him, a certain percentage of party structure has been approved for states where a serving governor is one of the new members, adding, however, that the National Working Committee (NWC) was not imposing any structure on any state chapter.
He said that NEC approved the decision of NWC to challenge the result of Ekiti State governorship election in court, adding that a legal committee headed by the National Legal Adviser, Emmanuel Enoidem, has been constituted for the purpose.
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