Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu
•Parties to meet tomorrow in Abuja
By Onyebuchi Ezigbo in Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, has said that the merger talks between opposition political parties is at a critical stage, and will definitely provide the panacea to Nigeria’s political problems when concluded.
Also speaking on a similar note, a top leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) told THISDAY yesterday that the merging opposition parties have scheduled another round of talks for tomorrow in Abuja.
The ACN leader said the opposition merger talks were being expanded to include the ANPP and All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
A statement issued by the ANPP's National Publicity Secretary, Chief Emma Eneukwu, quoted Onu as making the remarks to journalists at Kaduna recently, when he led a delegation of ANPP leaders on a condolence visit to General Muhammadu Buhari over the death of his daughter.
He said many of the problems that have confronted the nation over the years would be solved with the coming together of the opposition parties to form the next government.
“The merger talks are ongoing right now. By the grace of God the merger will be successful. We want to give Nigeria effective political competition in the political arena. We believe that competition, which is good in the social and economic arena, is also good in the political arena,” Onu said.
Onu had led a high-powered delegagion of party leaders on the visit to Buhari. Members of the delegation which included the former Governor of Kano State, Alhaji Ibrahim Shekarau; former Chairman, Board of Trustees (BoT) of ANPP, Alhaji Gambo Magaji; the party’s National Secretary, Alhaji Tijani Musa Tumsah; National Women’s Leader, Hajiya Ramatu Tijani; National Financial Secretary, Hajiya Fatima Mohammed; and the Deputy Chairman, BoT, Rear Admiral Amosun (rtd).
Speaking on the state of the nation, Onu said the opposition parties had resolved to take up the gauntlet to find solutions to the problems of insecurity, unemployment and poverty in the country.
“We are hopeful that once we come together and form a government, everything will be solved for the good of everybody. I believe nobody is happy about what is happening in the nation today – rising insecurity, unemployment and poverty.
“These are serious problems that should not be there. We are sure that as a party, we will solve these problems for the good of the nation,” he said.
The statement added that the ANPP delegation was ushered into Buhari’s dining room where they had a closed door meeting with him for about 15 minutes.