-The People’s Democratic Party, PDP has agreed to immediately change its name in fulfilling of one of the cardinal demands of the r-APC to make room for a mega merger in preparation for the 2019 General elections.
The main opposition party, thr Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), yesterday, has agreed to change its name, and meet under demands by the breakaway group from the ruling party, r-APC, thereby yielding to pressure from members of the Reformed-All Progressives Congress (rAPC) led by Engineer Buba Galadima as condition for them to fully join the leading opposition party.
Addressing newsmen at the end of the PDP’s 80th National Executive Committee (NEC) held yesterday in Abuja, the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, revealed that a committee had been set up to work on the modalities of changing the name but declined to mention the chairman of the committee.
It had been reported that in the aftermath of the Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) the PDP signed with some 39 political parties, members of the rAPC who wanted to be in the coalition from the position of strength had demanded a change of name for the PDP and automatic ticket for its members.
Yesterday’s decision by the PDP NEC was seen as a breakthrough by rAPC members even though it was not yet clear if their second demand for automatic tickets for their members had been accepted.
“The party has set up a committee on harmonisation to commence the process for possible change of name as part of efforts to re-brand the party ahead of the 2019 general elections,” Ologbondiyan said.
“Based on the workings of the PDP, R-APC and others, the issue of name change is not about time-frame; the time is now. So let’s follow the trend as it unfolds,” he said.
The PDP spokesman said the decision became necessary in order to accommodate other interests willing to return to the party including the R-APC members.
The r-APC are expected to be joined in a few days by other members in the National Assembly, including the Senate President and the Speaker House Of Representatives, Dagora as well as some State Governors.