The former Governor of Kano State, Ibrahim Shekarau, Thursday called for merger of all the opposition parties in the nation in order to provide a strong opposition to the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in 2015.
Shekarau, also a former presidential candidate on the platform of All Nigeria People Party (ANPP) in 2011, made the call when he paid a courtesy call on Governor Umaru Tanko Al-Makura of Nasarawa State in Lafia.
According to him, “What we have experienced in the past right from the First Republic had been opposition parties trying to form alliances at the wee hour of election process.
“You have discovered that this has not produced any tangible result largely because such discussions are always commencing very late, some after the elections.”
He, however, stated that the merger of all opposition parties across the nation would go a long way in having one common ideology, goal, logo and party flag which stand to fight the interest of a common man in the society.
The former governor who led a team of past northern governors including Alhaji Ababukar Bukar Ibrahim (Yobe), Attahiru Bafarawa (Sokoto) and Ahmed Sani Yerima Bakura (Zamfara) among others, said the aim of coming to Nasarawa State was to seek the merger of Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) in the state so as to rebuild a strong opposition party and to strategise ahead of the 2015 general election.
Receiving the delegation, Governor Al-Makura stated that the visit to Nasarawa State was a sign of good things to come, adding that the merger of the parties will provide a strong opposition to the PDP in the country.