Merger: Crisis hits APC

By JOHNBOSCO AGBAKWURU
ABUJA—STAKEHOLDERS of All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, have given a three-week ultimatum to the national leadership of the party to suspend every merger talk with other opposition parties for the formation of All Progressive Congress, APC, alleging marginalisation of ANPP in the process.

In a letter dated April 2, 2013 and signed by Mallam Isah Bala, ANPP Ward Chairman, Usuma ward, Bwari Area Council FCT, Abuja and National Convener, ANPP Stakeholders Forum, addressed to the national chairman of the party, the group alleged that there was no transparency in the whole ongoing merger arrangement

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The letter stated, “We the members of ANPP concerned stakeholders, therefore, call on our national leadership to henceforth suspend involvement in the merger process until this and other questions are answered

“It has become obvious that the merger partners are not treated as equal entities, rather it is being dominated by the Bola Tinubu led Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN. The interest of our great party is evidently not adequately protected in the present merging arrangement.

“Therefore, our party cannot surrender the identity that our founding fathers have laboured for, to satisfy the interest of an individual.

“Consequently, we give our national leadership three weeks ultimatum to suspend their involvement in the merger if this anomaly is not corrected.

“We also urge our national leadership to start discussing the possibility of forming alliance with Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and other political parties on basis of mutual respect and equality for one another .

“On this note we encourage the CPC led by General Buhari to also review their stand and stake in the merger arrangement, as it is a hoax that can yield no political or democratic dividend”.

“As earlier advocated an alliance with CPC and other political parties where General Buhari, a time-tested leader is presented as a presidential candidate will garner an overwhelming acceptance from Nigerians.

“A well thought out alliance will help us capture power at the federal level and still retain our individual identity. Political history has shown us that our foremost political leaders explored the gains of alliance in enthroning good governance and political harmony in the country.

“Finally we declare that we will not fail to use every lawful means to stop this uneven merger, our party is about entering into, if the ongoing act of insincerity by the “merger imperialists” is not halted.

“We want an honest merging arrangement and not one designed and built to suit one man’s political expansionist agenda,” the group stated.

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