By Gab Ejuwa
THE DEMOCRATIC Peoples Party (DPP) has, at an emergency National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, disbanded its merger committee formed to negotiate how the party could join the proposed All Progressive Congress (APC). It has instead outlined strategies to work with other parties in what the party referred to as a “strong and strategic third party force that will alter the present political map based on better leadership alternatives that the Nigerian people will be presented with.” It also took far-reaching decision to stem what the party called “manifest indiscipline and gross misconduct that is so strange to the DPP”.
In a statement by its National Director, Media and Publicity, Abubakar Ateeku Yusuf, the party stated that the emergency National Executive Committee meeting, presided over by its National Chairman, Major Gen. Bashir Salihi Magashi (rtd), and attended by its prime movers and state chairmen across the nation, decided to disband the former merger committee.The statement reads in part, “The Merger Committee formed as a result of the resolution of the February 13 NEC meeting is hereby disbanded and a new committee to be appointed to continue the merger negotiations with other political Parties.”
The statement noted that the party resolved in the meeting to hold its national convention on May 25, 2013 in Abuja to enable the party function effectively. In attendance at the meeting were notable leaders including Chief Great Ogboru, DPP’s gubernatorial candidate in Delta State in the last general elections, and Chief Tony Ezeagwu, the party’s Chairman in Delta State.