The opposition party says it needs the alliance to be able to defeat the PDP
The Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) said in Abuja on Wednesday that it is working on multiple alliances ahead of 2015 general elections.
The CPC National Secretary, Buba Galadima, said the alliances would lead to a change of baton at the federal level in 2015.
“CPC is doing this in collaboration with many political parties and stakeholders because there is urgent need for change and Nigerians must make concerted efforts to ensure that there is a change of baton in 2015,” he said.
Mr. Galadima said CPC is in alliance talks with the All Nigeria Peoples Party, the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), and the Labour Party, with a view to creating an understanding and form a unified block to promote transparent, free and fair elections.
He said series of lessons had been learnt “from our failure in the last merger before the 2011 elections,” and “therefore all the progressive forces are treading carefully”.
The CPC National Secretary said the party had set up a think tank committee that met with various groups from Kebbi, Zamfara, Katsina and Gombe states seeking their opinions and strategies for the move.
He said that renewal, finance, negotiation, reconciliation and restructuring committees had been set up by the party in more than 24 states as part of the measures to ensure success.
Mr. Galadima said the outcome of this various meetings would lead to the next line of action which will be to either create an alliance or merge as a single party in 2015. He stated that the leaders of CPC and ACN in their last meeting had “fruitful discussions” on alliance and workable plans ahead of the next general elections.
Mr. Galadima said they also reviewed some of the issues that scuttled the previous alliance moves before the 2011 elections with a view to avoid making the same mistakes.
He said it has become the duty of all patriotic Nigerians to change the baton of power in 2015 through constitutionally recognised elections.