The All Nigeria Peoples Party has said forming a mega party would not be necessary to dislodge the Peoples Democratic Party in 2015.
The ANPP stated that it was not possible for the PDP to win in a free and fair election, adding that the ruling party’s performance had hit an all-time low.
Immediate national vice-chairman of the ANPP, Mr. Asukewe Iko-Awaji, who spoke to SUNDAY PUNCH in Port Harcourt on Friday, explained that the ruling party had failed to perform to Nigerians’ expectation and should be ready to leave the scene in 2015. He said the PDP should not expect votes from Nigerians and that no Nigerian with a conscience was ready to support the ruling party.
“From 1999 to date, it is not difficult to notice that the PDP government has not done well. Nigerians are waiting and given a free and fair election, members of the PDP should forget power. “Nigeria has witnessed a decline in every sector of the economy and as it is now, there is no Nigerian that would vote for PDP in 2015,” Iko-Awaji noted.
He called on the Independent National Electoral Commission to deregister political parties without significant membership. The ANPP chief observed that most of the political parties were only existing for the ruling PDP to use them in manipulating the outcome of elections.
Iko-Awaji argued that the existence of multiple political parties would not help the nation’s democracy, even as he noted that most political parties did not have state and national secretariats.
He said, “Over 75 per cent of these ‘portfolio’ political parties are funded by the government in power. When the chips are down, these mushroomy political parties would always adopt the party in power.
“INEC should save itself the headache of the existence of many parties and deregister those without structures on ground. Nigerians need only two political parties to strengthen their democracy.”
Iko-Awaji explained that a situation where INEC would have to defend its budget before the National Assembly would continue to threaten the independence of the commission. He said it was necessary for the INEC to be drawing its salaries and money for logistics from a consolidated fund to be able to carry out its responsibilities without fear.