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2027 : We’re not in merger talks with any political party – PDP

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has announced that it is not involved in any merger discussions with other political parties ahead of the 2027 elections.

Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, the Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate in the 2023 elections, had a private meeting in Abuja on May 13. This was their first meeting since the general election last year.

Additionally, Peter Obi met separately with Sule Lamido, the former governor of Jigawa, and Bukola Saraki, the ex-senate president, which led to speculation about a potential merger before the 2027 elections.

Following these meetings, both Atiku and Obi suggested in interviews that a merger might be possible.

However, on June 3, Umar Damagum, the acting national chairman of the PDP, clarified that the party has not initiated any merger talks.

In a statement released on Wednesday, Debo Ologunagba, the national publicity secretary of the PDP, reiterated that the PDP is not engaged in any merger or amalgamation talks with any other political party.

“The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party, after its 587th meeting in Abuja on Tuesday, June 4, 2024, reiterates for the umpteenth time that the PDP is not engaged in any merger, fusion, or amalgamation talks with any other political party or interest,” the statement read.

“While the PDP, as a truly people’s party, is open and welcoming to all Nigerians, including our former members who left for other parties, we state that our party remains strong and formidable, capable of winning elections in a free, fair, and transparent electoral process in our country.

“The NWC acknowledges the influx of millions of Nigerians into our party in the ongoing party membership drive in all the electoral wards across the country, which further confirms that the PDP remains the party of choice for the majority of Nigerians.

“The public, teeming members of our great party, democratic institutions, and of course the international community should therefore disregard any report suggesting any form of merger between the PDP and any other political party as such is not in the contemplation of our great party.”

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