Movement for Multiparty Democracy (MMD) Nevers Mumba has said that the the alliance with the PF will be based on mutual understanding and not on the issue of the running mate.
Dr Mumba also said there is no time for the MMD to hold a national convention before the August 11 general elections.
Responding to questions from journalists here yesterday, Dr Mumba said he will meet President Lungu to discuss various issues before finally entering into an alliance with the PF.
He, however, said it would be premature to discuss the details of what the MMD will put on the table before meeting President Lungu.
Dr Mumba assured members that national executive committee (NEC) members resolved to work with PF ahead of the general elections.
“It is important to inform you that all the 53 NEC members are united and no-one will move us from our focused position,” Dr Mumba said.
He contends that no single political party can win the general elections with a majoritarian vote without seeking alliances
Dr Mumba said he has decided to take tours across the country to mobilise and consult party members on the way forward before the 2016 elections.
He also explained that once he meets President Lungu and the two agree on the alliance, he will then meet the NEC members and explain to them what is on the table and thereafter two committees will be formed to harmonise how the parties will work together.
Addressing his supporters on arrival at Kasama Airport, Dr Mumba said those who are calling for a national convention are bent on dividing the MMD before the general elections.
He said he is not afraid of the national convention but only feared that the party will be divided before the August 11 elections.
“How can we go to the convention with only a few months before the general elections? It means that the party will go into an election divided and those calling for that do not mean well for the party,” Dr Mumba said
He has also dismissed assertions by Lunte member of Parliament Felix Mutati that he had agreed to work with the United Party for National Development before last year’s presidential election.