The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has nothing to do with the newly unveiled Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA).

At least, that is what they want Nigerians to believe.

The National Caretaker Committee of the party made the clarification in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr Dayo Adeyeye, on Monday in Abuja.

The party said that the clarification was necessary following numerous calls it had received from its members, concerned citizens and well-wishers soon after the new association was unveiled in Abuja on Monday.

“For the avoidance of doubt, we reiterate once again that we are not in any way associated with the new political association in any form or guise.

“The APDA is neither an offshoot of the PDP nor its alter ego as some are speculating.

“This statement is made purely to set the records straight and to avoid unnecessary innuendos, speculations and ambiguity that may threaten the continued unity and solidarity of our party members,” it stated.

The party, however, appreciated millions of well-meaning Nigerians for their concern and commitment to the defence of the country’s nascent democracy.

It added that the democracy “cannot survive without a strong and vibrant opposition.”

Daar Communications Chairman, Raymond Dokpesi and former Chairman of the Labour Party, Dan Anyanwu, unveiled the new party on Monday in Abuja.

The party, which has the slogan “Stronger Together,” has Shitu Kabiru as its Interim National Chairman.

Before Monday’s unveiling, there had been speculations that disgruntled members of the PDP were planning to establish a new party.

The PDP has been in crisis since it lost the 2015 presidential election.

Some of its members left the party for the All Progressives Congress (APC), and many more have threatened to defect to other parties if Ali Modu Sheriff wins the disputed PDP chairmanship at the Supreme Court.