New Party: PDP Not In Talks With Tinubu, Others – Bot Chairman

Board of Trustees (BoT) Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Walid Jibrin, yesterday declared that the party was not in talks with the national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Asiwaju Bola Tinubu and others over the formation of a new party.

The PDP BoT chairman, stressed that PDP under the leadership of Sen Ahmed Makarfi, never considered forging an alliance with Tinubu and other APC chieftains.

Besides Tinubu, other APC chieftains reportedly listed as planning to form a new party with PDP include former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar; former Sokoto State governor, Senator Aliyu Wamakko and former Kano Governor Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso.

But in a statement in Abuja on Tuesday, Jibrin said, “I salute Tinubu’s courage for coming out to speak frankly about his position regarding this unfounded rumour and for setting the record straight.

“In Tinubu’s own reaction denouncing the report, he condemned the PDP and I can’t understand why anybody would think that we are going to form a new party with somebody who is condemning us.

“The PDP is a golden name, a party formed by respectable and dignified Nigerians dead and alive, like Alex Ekwueme, Jerry Gana, Solomon Lar, Adamu Ciroma, Aminu Wali, Sule Lamido and many others.

“It is therefore ridiculous to think that anyone would abandon a well organised party like the PDP and join another party. There is nothing wrong with the PDP, except for some characters within the party.”

He, however, blamed impunity and indiscipline for the ongoing leadership crisis in the party. He expressed optimism that PDP would overcome the challenges soon.

He added, “We are ready to make corrections by doing away with impunity, indiscipline and pride among some people in our midst.”