By Christopher Isiguzo
The leadership of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) Sunday dismissed speculations in some quarters that its planned merger with Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and other opposition parties would fail even before the next general election.
The party said though the ruling Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) may have been seeking ways to ensure that the proposed merger collapsed, they were determined to see it through, vowing that the party was determined to ensure the PDP did not retain power by 2015.
Leader of the party in Enugu State and National Publicity Secretary of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP, Osita Okechukwu, who made the disclosure while briefing party members in the state on the proposed merger, also noted that the fears being expressed by some people about the possibility of General Mohammadu Buhari (rtd), and Bola Tinubu, working together was totally misplaced.
He said the two leaders have continued to show their commitment towards the merger plan, while expressing hope that both the ANPP and a faction of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) would join in the arrangement.
Meanwhile, the CPC in Enugu State has pledged its full support to the proposed merger, insisting that anything short of the plan would mean the nation would continue to totter.
Okechukwu said the merger would enable concerned parties to form a united national political platform, while would serve as a prelude to wrestling power from the PDP.
“The concept of the merger borne out of the political zeal of the leadership and members of ACN, CPC and other progressives in the country to save our dear nation, save our fledgling democracy and our constitution from the ineptitude and squandermania of the PDP.
“We are witnesses of how in the last 13 years the PDP has squandered our unprecedented oil revenue, subverted our constitution, impoverished our citizenry, by adopting the philosophy of food is ready and the motto of share the money, anchored on a nebulous economic policy that government has no business in business.”
According to him, the goal of the merger was to provide welfare and security to the good people of the country, adding that it would be the business of government come 2015 to invest public resources, oil revenue, and excess crude account among others to drive the country’s economy.
While explaining that the merger plan enjoys national consensus and collective rationality from members and supporters nationwide, the CPC leader said it also has the blessings of multitude of PDP members who are tired of the failed party.
“We are promoting a national platform with the objective to free Nigerians from the hands of those who preserve the fundamental objectives and directive principles of state policy as enshrined in the 1999 constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria more in the breach,” Okechukwu said.