By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
The Alliance for Democracy (AD) has denounced a statement made by a factional leader of the party, Chief Micheal Koleoso , at the National convention of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) to the effect that AD has joined the opposition merger.
The party in a statement issued Saturday by its National Secretary, Mr. Rafiu Salau, described as misleading the impression created that AD is participating in the talks for the formation of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
“This is to inform the public that AD is not involved in the merger process to form APC by some political parties. The party has not at any time received an invitation to participate in the merger.
“It is amazing that Chief Micheal Koleoso, a political leader of the ACN in Oyo state, masqueraded as the chairman of AD at the convention of ACN and made a mock statement that the great party was involved in the merger plan. The party hereby denounces Chief Micheal Koleoso. He is not an AD member,” the statement said.
Salau said those who are trying to deceive the public that AD is one of the political parties for the merger are unfair to the people, adding that their act is an embarrassment to the political class.
“Using falsehood to mislead the people of this nation doesn’t guarantee unity in the future of APC,” he said.
The kind of leadership that is now displayed is an indication of the possibility of failure of the merger.
“If the group of political parties believe that AD is very relevant in the merger, they should take a step in the right direction by inviting the leadership of the AD.
“Therefore, AD demands for an apology from all the political parties involved in the merger that attended the ACN convention. The position of AD is that the members of the political parties who are involved in the merger should come to the only party that is principled and ideological.
There is no doubt that the nation needs an overhaul of its democratic institutions and traditions,” he said.