2015: No Escape Route for PDP Says ACN, CPC, ANPP
The three major opposition political parties in Nigeria – Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party – are set to drop their identities by early 2013, all things being equal.
The merger of the parties is one of the strategies being canvassed by top politicians to defeat the ruling Peoples Democratic Party which has dominated power since the advent of the present democratic dispensation in 1999.
Analysts had always believed that a genuine and honest cooperation among major opposition parties for the 2015 general elections would make the election tough for the PDP.
“We have passed through this before when we were All Peoples Party and then Action Congress too, before it became ACN.
“The difference now is to pass a resolution and all this will be simultaneously done (by the three parties) and we will inform INEC about it. When that is done, INEC has no choice than to register your new identity,” said Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, Chairman of the ANPP National Rebuilding and Interparty Contact Committee.
In the alternative, he said the parties might decide to adopt the name of one of the existing political parties while the remaining two would dissolve into the adopted one.
Asked if they’ve learnt any lesson from their failed ambition to merge in 2011, Shekarau said ‘Yes’.
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