The All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) on Tuesday sought the support of its members in the North West on the plans to merge with other political parties.
Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, the Chairman of the party's National Rebuilding and Interparty Contact Committee, told party members at a meeting in Kaduna that the ANPP would not accept any pre condition for the merger.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Shekarau and other ANPP leaders from the zone were in Kaduna to take a common stand on the matter.
He said that the meeting was to aggregate the opinion of all stakeholders in the north west that would guide the party in taking a final stand on the issue, adding that the merger would not be an ``Abuja round table affair''.
He said that the essence of the interparty contact committee was to receive the endorsement of party stakeholders and generate ideas that would strengthen the party.
``ANPP is presently undergoing transformation; if all opposition parties involved reached a successful conclusion, ANPP with definitely be transformed.
``We would have had the interparty tour in all the states but because of the April deadline given by opposition parties, we have decided to have it in the four geo political zones , simultaneously today.
``After this, conclusion would be drawn on the way forward with all the opposition parties involved.''
He said that the ANPP would undertake a national survey to determine its strengths in each geo-political zone and on ways to fund its activities.
Hekarau added that it would also enable the party to identify party leaders that would be effective and versatile before and after merger.
Also speaking, Kaduna State Chairman of the party, Sen. Muhammad Aliyu, pledged the support of party members in the zone to the ongoing unconditional talks for merger with other political parties.
In his contribution, former governor of Zamfara, Sen. Sani Yerima, dispelled the rumour that he was defecting to the Peoles' Democratic Party (PDP).
He described the rumour as unfounded, saying: ``I have been a pioneer member of ANPP since 1999 and I will remain in ANPP without doubt.'' (NAN)