PDP sets up committee to consider merger with other parties

By Ben Agande

Abuja—The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, caretaker committee, led Sen Ahmed Makarfi, yesterday inaugurated a 115-member strategy review and inter-party affairs committee, with a mandate to consider the possibility of merging with other political parties.

Sen. Ahmed Makarfi
Speaking while inaugurating the committee, Senator Makarfi said the reason behind the alliance was part of the party’s strategy to return to power in 2019 through every democratic means.

The strategy committee is led by former Minister of Information, Prof. Jerry Gana.

According to Makarfi, the committee is to, among other things, “explore strategies to engage all possible allies, with a view to building positive relationship in overall interest and in furtherance of democracy in Nigeria.’’

He said the committee was also expected “to recommend strategies to reposition the party and recommend necessary amendment to the constitution of the party.”

He said: “You don’t remain docile and inactive, you don’t remain cornered so that you will not be toyed with at the whims and caprices of anybody.

“Time is going, a lot of things are happening and our men and women are on their own and are beginning to do all sorts of meetings.

“However, if you don’t bring all your flocks together to talk as one family, before long, good chunk of them would have gone on their own, because nobody will remain inactive for forever.

“After due consultation, we felt that time is now right to set up a committee, called strategy review and inter-party affairs committee.” The strategy is how to come back to power in 2019 through every democratic means.

“Even as caretaker committee, we get approached by various groups and we felt that it is not the few of us that should be talking to these people.

“The committee may seem large but its responsibilities are wide and huge. The committee will break into sub-committees to talk to different groups. It is also the role of the committee to advice on how to make the party stronger and better.”

Makarfi, however, underscored that regardless of the reconciliation process, some of the issues raised in court must be resolved by the court.