More reaction trail the merger of opposition political parties
The National Chairman of the Progressive People’s Alliance, Sam Nkire, has predicted a collapse of the merger announced last week by four Nigerian opposition political parties.
Mr. Nkire said a preferred and workable arrangement would have been for the parties involved to keep their structures, but field a common candidate during the presidential election.
Mr. Nkire predicted the alliance, which has been widely hailed, will begin to face challenges while choosing candidates for federal, state, local government and ward levels.
The remarks came as the umbrella body of opposition parties, on Saturday, rallied support and more membership for the new party.
The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties, CNPP, called for on members to as a “matter of urgent national importance” join the new party.
“We are making this wake-up call based on the urgent patriotic need for all progressives to join hand in halting the dangerous slide of Nigeria to a failed state,” a statement by spokesperson, Osita Okechukwu, said. “The interest of our dear country, safety of our fledgling democracy and public good is the hallmark of statesmanship.”
The group urged the members to consider aligning with the platform early enough.
“t is our considered opinion that in their enlightened self interest and collective interest, joining APC early at this initial stage will help all progressives forces in designing and modeling a truly center left manifesto anchored on social justice, welfare and anti-corruption,” he said.
“Is it not a paradox that Labour Party is missing in action, in fact in a movement geared towards the redemption of the working class?” the statement asked.
On a critical note however, the leader of the PPA, Mr. Nkire, said for every new party position created in the new All Progressive Congress, APC, three former office holders in the four merging parties were bound to lose their positions, which may lead to mass defection to other political parties such as PPA.
He said it was difficult to ask a Nigerian political office holder to step down for another and become an ordinary member and expect 100 per cent loyalty from the person.