Former Governor of Yobe State and a member of the newly reconstituted Board of Trustees (BoT) of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, yesterday said the party would soon conclude it merger plans with other opposition parties in order to wrestle power from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
To achieve this, he said a 20-man merger committee under the leadership of former Presidential candidate of the National Republic Convention (NRC), Alhaji Bashir Tofa, would soon be made public.
Briefing journalists in Abuja, on plans by the opposition parties to form a formidable political party in 2015, the former governor said all the parties have realised their mistakes and therefore, had resolved to forge a common agenda to tackle PDP in 2015.
He said the merger among the political parties had become imperative given the fact that the PDP-led government had failed to impact the dividends of democracy on the people.
Ibrahim said the main agenda for all the committees of the different parties was to fashion out strategies on how the opposition parties would come under one umbrella to dislodge PDP.
“CPC has also done a similar exercise, I know a number of Senators of the CPC in the National Assembly (NASS) meeting and they have been putting pressure on General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), to this time around take the merger issue very seriously,” the former governor added.
He added that the National Caucus of the of ACN in the House of Representatives was also putting pressure on the leadership of the party to take the merger plans seriously, stressing that the merger was the only way the opposition could kick PDP out of government.
Ibrahim further admitted that the issue of merger in the past was never done with all serious intent among the parties. “Initially, we never realised the need for this kind of thing. Everybody thinks all by himself and these forces were not strong enough to be by themselves and by the time they realised it, it was late.
"But this time around, and with three years ahead of us, we have enough time to form a totally new party for everybody to enjoy.” While nothing that the PDP government had reduced Nigeria into an almost failed state, Ibrahim said the government at the centre had not being able to provide security, development and employment to the people.
“There are so many good things they needed to do to create employment, but they don’t. They keep billions and billions all over the place and people are stealing them, all the time, of course those stealing them are also members of their group”, he said.