Former presidential adviser to ex-President Muhammadu Buhari, Obol Okoi Obono-Obla, has called for the merger of the leading opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Pary (PDP) with Labour Party (LP) as well as other parties to form a major opposition in the country.
In a statement, Obono-Obla, who is the ruling party stalwart, said he has welcomed a similar call made by Atiku Abubakar, who was the presidential candidate of PDP in the last general election.
He said, “I fervently welcome the call by the former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, for the merger of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Labour Party (LP), Social Democratic Party (SDP), New Nigerian Peoples Party (NNPP) and other motley political parties into a single political party to fight the All Progressives Congress (APC). That is a step in the right direction.”
Obono-Obla said the call resonates with his previous call on Atiku Abubakar and Peter Obi, who was the presidential candidate of LP, to align their political forces rather than continue to waste precious time sulking and grumbling over their defeat in the February 25, 2023, general elections.
According to Obono-Obla, the APC has grown into a behemoth, adding that he does not foresee it being “defeated by fragmented and poorly organised PDP, LP, SDP and NNPP in the next election.”
He said he believes that the APC has somewhat deviated from its original ideology, spectrum and perspective.
He said that APC has become a mumbo jumbo of all sorts of varied political interests, ideologies and strange political followers, which has blurred its progressive credentials.
“The merger of these opposition political parties would undoubtedly make the leadership of APC sit up.
“Presently, there is a lot of rumbling within the APC over the nonchalant way the leadership has been treating its dedicated and committed membership.
“APC has elevated and indeed institutionalised political prostitution and opportunism to the highest level ever seen in the political history of Nigeria.”
The activist accused the ruling party of always giving its tickets to certain people who join the Party over its own committed, dedicated and faithful membership.
He has also accused the party of appointing people as Ministers who joined the party less than two years before an election over people who were there as far back as 2010 and gave all to the Party.
He believes that the merger of these political parties will catalyse the reform of APC and contribute to the deepening and flourishing of a new democratic culture in the country.