Opposition parties to meet next week over merger talks

Opposition party leaders involved in negotiations for a possible merger are scheduled to meet in Abuja on January 10 to consider lingering issues that could threaten their common goal to dethrone the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2015 general election. The planned meeting is coming just as the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC) has finally named a contact committee to represent it at the merger talks. But the lingering crisis in the CPC may stall efforts by the leading opposition parties to present a united front against the PDP in the next general election. Another internal crisis in the All Nigerian People’s Party (ANPP) that might have threatened the party’s participation in the merger talks, it was gathered, has been resolved as both the Chairman of the party’s Board of Trustees (BoT), Senator Ali Modu Sheriff, and the party’s National Chairman, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu, have reconciled their differences. A source at the merger talks said yesterday that the contact committees of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), ANPP and CPC have agreed to meet in Abuja next week.



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