Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau
The Presidential Candidate of the All Nigeria People’s Party (ANPP) during the 2011 presidential elections, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau, has been chosen to lead the party’s opposition party merger talks
While accepting the task, Shekarau asked Nigerian electorate not to cast their votes again for the People’s Democratic Party in the 2015 general elections.
The former Governor said dumping PDP has become necessary because the party has failed more than three consecutive times to provide good governance to the people.
“The PDP has not solved any serious national problem in its thirteen years of ruling the country. PDP has failed the country and as such should quit the stage,” he said.
While inaugurating the merger committee, the ANPP National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu charged the committee to enter into merger/alliance discussions with other opposition political parties as well as organisations and civil society groups as a way of preparing for better performance in future elections. He said the committee has six months deadline to submit a final report to the national leadership of the party.
Onu said the last past thirteen years of PDP-led administration has been marked by impunity in governance and abuse of office.
He said corruption and indolence have reached very disturbing levels as pension funds, subsidy payments have been grossly abused.
“For the past thirteen years, the price of crude oil in the international market has remained high. For a very long period, one barrel of crude oil sold for more than a hundred dollars. We cannot easily forget that about fourteen years ago, by 1998/1999, when Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar served as military Head of State, one barrel of crude oil fetched as low as nine dollars and even less,” he added.
“Our national treasury has received, in the past thirteen years, more money than it had in the forty years before then. Yet the level of poverty has continued to increase and worsen. By government statistics, two out of every three Nigerians are poor. What a shame, “ he said.
Onu lamented that the high level of insecurity in the country is such that no one anymore even mentions armed robbery attacks either on our roads or in our homes.
He charged the Shekarau-led committee take a general look at the party and recommend ways to make it more attractive, particularly on ways to getting party leaders to show more interest in the affairs of the party, including how to best fund it’s operations.
He also mandated the committee to identify party leaders and key political actors across the country with a view to getting them to join us.