Park Gwang-on, chief press secretary to Minjoo Party presidential candidate Moon Jae-in, criticized on April 25 the decision by the Bareun Party to merge with the People's Party and the Korea Liberal Party with the purpose of unifying candidates to confront Moon. He put out a statement on the same day and said, "The sole purpose of merging the parties was to keep our party's contender Moon Jae-in from winning the race."
He added, "The three-way merger is a move against people's desire for us to pull off a successful regime change. This is a dirty collusion with the former Park Geun-hye factions that's against the wishes of millions of people out on the streets. This is a wave going against our historic mission to create a whole new Korea."
He urged to the People's Party, "The party and the candidate must think hard what the people want from them even though they may be tempted to the offer."
Earlier on the day the Bareun Party decided in an all-member meeting to make an offer of unifying candidates including its own Yoo Seung-min, Korea Liberal Party's Hong Joon-pyo, and People's Party Ahn Cheol-soo. Meanwhile, Yoo declined the offer from his party members and made clear his intentions to keep going in the race.