Onyebuchi Ezigbo â€¨â€¨
The National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has expressed optimism that the newly formed All Progressives Congress (APC) will surmount the current registration crisis and emerge as a strong platform for national unity.
He said the promoters of the new party have envisioned that the party will lead the country away from politics of personality to issues-based and ideas-driven politics.
Onu who expressed these convictions while receiving the delegation of the stakeholders of the ANPP in Bauchi State led by Senator Mohammed A. Mohammed, at the party’s secretariat in Abuja, said within the next three to four months, the coalition would have finished all the processes needed for the APC to become a reality.
"We believe that irrespective of the current hurdles facing the formal registration of the new party with INEC, the APC shall be registered, and will be ready to face the ruling PDP within the next couple of months," he said.
Onu who lamented that the country has for a long time suffered from absence of a strong opposition party, assured that APC will do a lot to change the way politics is played in Nigeria.
"We will move the country away from politics of personality to issues-based and ideas-driven politics. Politics of personality is divisive; it uses things that divide like religion and ethnic sentiments. But idea-based politics unites everybody; for example if some people are poor in Ekiti, others are poor in Ebonyi, and yet others are poor in Jigawa State, they will all agree on the same issue on poverty.
‘‘This is why we have agreed that we will use the broom to sweep away poverty from Nigeria. We have leaders of note coming together from various parts of the country, and having inputs from diverse backgrounds, in an agreement to solve our problems.’’
Onu who is leading a key member of the opposition coalition, ANPP, said the philosophy behind the formation of APC was not to compete for political power but to solve the myriads of problems currently facing the nation.
"As the new party, we are made up of respectable politicians from different parts of the nation with hands-on experience on how to redeem the dwindling fortunes of the nation.
‘‘Another thing is that the APC will help the country to have two strong parties, so that anybody in power will know that he or she can be voted out if there is low performance, therefore individuals will work hard to serve the people in order to remain in office.
‘‘We are not against anybody or group. We are for Nigeria. We want other nations and foreigners to respect our dear country and to hold us in high esteem, and for Nigerians to be proud wherever they are. Our interest is not just to form government or produce governors and other officers, but we also want to solve the problems of Nigeria.
Speaking on the chances of the new merger party, the leader of the delegation, Senator Mohammed A. Mohammed, Bauchi State, said the opposition coalition has began collaborative consultations on how to fused together under one platform in
He said with the rising momentum of APC, there is no doubt that the party will defeat the People's Democratic Party ( PDP) in the next election.
"We endorse the merger and formation of the APC, and wait for further instructions from the national secretariat. We are already talking among ourselves, that is, the CPC, ANPP, APGA and ACN in our state. By the grace of God, Bauchi State will present the first APC governor in Nigeria.’’
‘‘We are here to congratulate you and show our support to the national leadership for the efforts you have made so far to bring the merger to fruition,’’ Mohammed said.