10 Opposition Governors Endorse Merger of ACN, ANPP, CPC and APGA…Vow To Sack Jonathan In 2015
At least 10 governors elected on the platform of the opposition political parties today endorsed the merger talks between 4 political parties namely the CPC, ACN, ANPP, and APGA to form a mega party with a promise to sack President Goodluck Jonathan from the presidential villa and bring an end to a looming one party system by the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) come.
The Meeting which held in Lagos had in attendance Governor Kashim Shettima of Borno State, Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Ogbeni Rauf Aregbesola of Osun , Governor Babatunde Fashola of Lagos, Dr. Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, Senator Abiola Ajumobi of Oyo state, Alhaji Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State , Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari of Zamfara while Senator Degere Alkali represented the governor of Yobe state.
Speaking after a closed meeting held at the Lagos House Marina , the governors who spoke through the governor of Borno State, Alhaji Kashim Shetima said the meeting was informed by their concern to rescue Nigeria from a clueless leadership and move the country forward.
“ We the governors of Borno , Ekiti, Imo, Lagos , Nasarawa , Ogun , Oyo, Osun , Yobe and Zamfara rose from a meeting at Lagos House Marina today Tuesday , having reviewed the situation in our country , we resolved that to rescue Nigeria is a task that must be done.
“As progressives and patriotic leaders of our people across party , religious and geo-political zones , we are extremely concerned about the state of the nation, as we put our heads together in the interest of our people to deliberate on what can be done to rescue our country”, the governors declared through their Borno state counterpart.
Also on hand to corroborate their vow, the Imo State Governor Owelle Rochas Okorocha said there is no room for skepticism over the merger plans, saying the merger plans will be driven by the governors and leaders of the parties. According to him: ” The merger has become very necessary in order to save our democracy and the likelihood of turning Nigeria into a one party state does not augur well for democracy, therefore I personally fully endorse this movement and this new merger at least to rescue the nation, and we say we are on a rescue mission here and to make sure Nigeria gets better, the essence of this whole merger is to make Nigeria a better nation”.
In his own remark, Lagos state Governor, Babatunde Fashola said: ” skepticism is one thing; the commitment that we bring to the table will certainly override any skepticism. I am convinced that the full weight of ten of us governors and many more who unfortunately could not make it today, is a much stronger force. The underlying reason is clearly how to make this country a better place, this is not the best that this country can have and we intend to deliver Nigeria’s best.”
In his own endorsement, Ogun state Governor Senator Ibikunle Amosun assured that more leaders and political forces and groups will join the new movement once they see the sincerity of those behind it. “That is why we are not taking this lightly, we are very determined and I am sure that with the support of all Nigerians, this merger will work”, he added.
Also speaking, Zamfara State Governor Alhaji Abdul-Aziz Yari declared that “the move is to fix Nigeria in the right perspective, the People’s Democratic Party is something else and if we as opposition say that we are right and you as a journalist and many people outside here, go and ask them whether they are happy since 1999 till date or not, so therefore it is a duty for all of us as leaders to drive our people right and we believe the PDP has done less. We have the idea, the knowledge and we have the progressive idea to move the country forward, so if you say that we intend to move the PDP out of power, yes we are ready to do that”.
The announcement was made by the Imo State Governor Rochas Okorocha after a 5-hour meeting that held at the government house, Marina Lagos and hosted by Governor Raji Fashola of Lagos.
This is perceived by the parties involved in the merger to be a strategic move to wrestle power from the PDP in the 2015 presidential elections particularly.
Unarguably, the race for 2015 elections have been kickstarted officialy with this public endorsement.
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