Senator Solomon Ewuga
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo
As the opposition parties’ merger talks enter critical stages, the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has taken steps to strengthen its bargaining powers at the negotiations.
The party Tuesday inaugurated a 121-member Contact and Mobilisation Committee to initiate strategies for aggressive party membership drive nationwide.
The committee which is headed by Senator Solomon Ewuga, has as part of its terms of reference the mandate to develop workable strategy for effective mobilisation of members and supporters throughout the country.
It will seek to know the opinion leaders in communities across the country with a view to attracting and keeping their supports.
Addressing the committee members, the National Chairman of CPC, Prince Tony Momoh, tasked them to try and maintain effective communication channels with various levels of the party hierarchy from the ward to the national level.
“You are to develop comprehensive national, zonal and state campaign programmes and schedules and maintain liaison with all levels of the campaign organisations during campaign season.
THISDAY gathered that CPC may have decided to borrow a leaf from the other member of the opposition coalition, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), having realised that membership strength as well as national spread are of critical importance if they are to maintain a balanced equation under the merger platform.
Speaking on the strength of CPC, Ewuga said the figures obtained from the last general election does not reflect the real strength of the party, adding that the party in most cases has far more stronger backing than was reflected in the election results.
“When you look at the results that were posted during the last general elections, you will agree with me that it does not reflect the actual reality on ground. You would know that for instance, in Katsina, virtually all the legislators are from CPC, but the governor is from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP). The same thing could be said of states like Kano and Kaduna, that is definitely not a reflection of the strength of the party,” he said.
He said with the ongoing talks for opposition parties’ merger, each of the parties are expected to approach the merging process with a strong contention in terms of membership strength and national spread.
He said CPC intends to mobilise and build good will within its ranks in order to ensure that party gets appreciable benefit from the merger.
“Our task also is to articulate best approach towards the unfolding challenges of democracy in our country,” he added.