Ibrahim Shekarau says the APC will pursue justice to unseat the PDP.
The All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP presidential candidate in the 2011 election, Ibrahim Shekarau, said on Wednesday said that the All Progressives Congress, APC, a merger of opposition political parties, will tow a line entirely foreign to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.
In what seems an innuendo laced with accusations that the PDP deals in injustice and bickering among members who have varying personal ambitions, Mr. Shekarau, a key figure in the merger, said the APC will unseat the PDP by pursuing justice for all Nigerians.
“We want to be totally different from PDP, by pursuing justice for all, build a party that will give everyone a chance to pursue his or her political ambition through the entrenchment of internal democracy, required to sustain peace and stability of the party so the ultimate goal of unseating PDP in the next poll is achieved,” Mr. Shekarau said.
Mr. Shekarau said the understanding among leaders of APC that resulted in merger will be pursued vigorously to give the party a different look from the ruling PDP, in terms of ideology. He said bickering will not be tolerated.
The former Kano Governor and Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, merger committee told newsmen in his Sadauna home that APC leaders drawn from the parties in the merger, will make justice and fair play their watch word and will avoid acts capable of generating internal conflict.
He said any attempt to stampede or hijack the new party will be vehemently resisted.
“No individual will be allowed to hijack the party for his own goal, every decision taken must be collective and in the interest of all members and the party,” he said.
Mr. Shekarau also hinted that the former governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff, another key figure in the APC merger, denied the allegation of undermining the interest of the merger.
Mr. Sheriff has on several occasions described the allegation as unfounded and mischievous, the former Kano State Governor said.
Mr. Shekarau said he is convinced that the former Borno Governor “is solidly with us”, adding that “there is no reason to panic”.
Mr. Shekarau dispelled speculations that the APC will soon announce its leaders saying it is a cumbersome process to get new leaders for the association.
He said it will take another six months to get new leaders for the APC.
“In the first place, the convention is the climax as it has approved of the merger, the parties in the merger are still technically existing until the APC has been registered and the certificate of the merger parties withdrawn,” Mr. Shekarau said.
He added that he would be willing to serve the party in any capacity.
The APC is a merger of the ANPP, the Action Congress of Nigeria, the Congress for Progressive Change, and a faction of the All Progressive Grand Alliance.