APC merger update: The agents of distraction have finally left – PDP

by ‘Jola Sotubo


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has maintained a strong front in relation to the recent defection of some of its members to rival All Progressives Congress (APC).

The ruling party said yesterday that it was “unperturbed” by the decision of the Abubakar Baraje-led faction of the PDP to merge with the APC.

The party shared its opinion via a statement released by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh.

The Nation reports:

The ruling party said: “We wish to state categorically that the PDP remains unperturbed as we are now rid of detractors and distractions. We urge all our members nationwide to remain focused and close ranks, now that agents of distraction have finally left our ranks.

“By this open declaration today, those individuals have unveiled their true intent, which most Nigerians suspected ab initio. They have chosen to abandon a broad based national platform and embraced a narrow group of ethnic and religious bigots whose main intention is to unleash a state of anarchy on Nigeria.”

The PDP maintained that there were no factions in the ruling party, citing a Federal High Court ruling to back its claim. It insisted that the party remained an indivisible entity under the leadership of Alhaja Bamanga Tukur as national chairman.

The party, in a veiled attempt to cajole some of the aggrieved governors, said: “We wish to commend the wise decision of some of the aggrieved governors to dissociate themselves from the action of some of their colleagues.

“ We assure all Nigerians that the PDP will continue to grow from strength to strength and will definitely emerge stronger from this event.

“We reiterate that the position of the law is very clear – that there is no factions whatsoever in the PDP.

“Finally, we wish to reassure our teeming members that our doors remain open to address all grievances. We shall, however, not condone any acts of internal subversion from any quarters.”

According to the PDP, the beauty of democracy is that in a political party system, some members are bound to leave while others come in.


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