Initially Mohamed al-Hassan dismissed the statement as fabricated and suggested that DUP
spokesperson Ibrahim al-Mirghani forged it.
The infighting led to a decision this year by DUP
de-facto leader and the chairman's son Mohamed al-Hassan al-Mirghani to fire dissidents who challenged his move to run in the country's general elections earlier this year.
MP Sammy Wilson said last month a Sinn Fein councillor acquitted of benefit fraud claimed he had no access to his council allowances as these were directly paid to the party and stayed under its control.
He said the DUP
election program based on solving the economic, social and political challenges facing the country .
Mr Nesbitt said there was a danger the DUP
could lose their North Belfast seat and leave the city without any unionist MPs.
Robinson, who stood down as DUP
leader over scandal surrounding his wife, said he would not be pushed into a deal.
Speaking about the possibility of an electoral pact with the DUP
, he said his party would not be driven off the political battlefield.
Mr Hunter, who has family connections in Co Londonderry, said: ``This announcement shouldn't come as a surprise to anyone as I have been a member of the DUP
for some time and even ran for the party at the last Northern Ireland Assembly election.
retained Upper Bann, fending off a considerable challenge from the UUP, and returned Jeffrey Donaldson in Lagan Valley (with an enormous majority of 13,000).
No news yet on whether they intend to vote DUP
An emotional Trimble, a former Nobel Peace Prize winner, said: 'The DUP
will know that with success comes responsibility.
The party's chief negotiator Martin McGuinness said the IRA was 'not the problem' and blamed tensions within the DUP
for proving to be the main stumbling block.