Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim,
Former governor of Yobe State, Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, Thursday declared that unless the activities of the Boko Haram was completely checkmated, there might not be any election in the entire six states of the North-east geo-political zone by 2015.
Similarly, the former governor of Kano State and chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) Rebuilding and Inter-Party Contact Committee, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, called on opposition politicians to ensure that the ongoing alliance talks between opposition political parties worked out this time as anything to the contrary would spell doom for the nation.
The two leaders spoke in Enugu, when the ANPP special rebuilding committee met with the party’s leaders and major stakeholders from the five states of the South-east zone in continuation of its nationwide consultation with members.
Ibrahim, who expressed dismay over the activities of Boko Haram in the North-east zone, especially in Borno, Yobe and Bauchi States, urged the Federal Government to beef up its strategies in a bid to checkmate the activities of the group.
“We don’t know why Boko Haram is harassing all of us. May the Almighty Allah help us to solve this problem before 2015 otherwise there won’t be any election in the North-east in 2015,” he stated.
Continuing, the former governor said the current state of insecurity among other major challenges facing the country was a clear indication that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had failed the nation. “The only way to retire this monster called PDP is for all other parties to unite under one political party. The current fragmentation will not take us anywhere. We must merge; we must unite; we must come together and sack this monster,” he noted.
On his part, Shekarau, who led other members including the former National Secretary of the ANPP, Chief George Moghalu, ANPP National Publicity Secretary, Emma Eneukwu, amongst others, hinted that the ANPP had commenced merger talks with the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) and part of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) among others.
He expressed optimism that something meaningful would come out of the process.
While insisting that anything short of “change” would spell doom for the country, the 2011 presidential candidate of the ANPP noted that the party had inflicted poverty on Nigerians and also destroyed the nation’s electoral process, adding that by the time other opposition parties finally united, ahead of the next general election, it would become obvious to the ruling party and its leaders that their end had come.
Shekarau, however, assured that in as much as the ANPP was championing the merger talks with other parties, it would not do away with its original ideals.
“What is happening is that people are accepting what they can see because there is no alternative, yet it is the same Nigerians that will provide the alternative. It is therefore the people’s desire that is driving us to provide us with the alternative,” Shekarau said.
The former Kano governor praised the party’s members in the South-east, who he said, have remained committed with the party even without any governor in their states since 1999.
Other speakers at the gathering which attracted hundreds of party faithful from across the states of the applauded the party initiative to reach out to its members at the grassroots, noting that the move would further encourage even some members that had left the party for greener pastures in other parties to return.