*says democracy cannot survive without strong, vibrant opposition
By; ABUBAKAR IBRAHIM, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied responsibility for the floating of a new party, the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA).
A statement signed by its National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, advised party members to remain loyal to the PDP.
“In the last few hours, we have received numerous calls from our Party members, concerned citizens and well wishers on our association or otherwise with the Advance Peoples Democratic Alliance (APDA) which was unveiled today at Abuja.
“For the avoidance of doubt, we reiterate once again that we are not in any way associated with the New Party in any form or guise. The APDA is neither an offshoot of the PDP nor its alter ego as some are speculating,” it said.
The party said that the statement was made purely to set the records straight and to avoid unnecessary ‘innuendos, speculations and ambiguity’ that may threaten the continued unity and solidarity of its party members.
“We thank millions of well-meaning Nigerians for their concern and commitment to the defence of our nascent democracy. In the end, this democracy cannot survive without a strong and vibrant opposition,” it added.