The three leading opposition political parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, on Tuesday said their plan to merge was to save the country from collapse. Their leaders spoke in Abuja at the presentation of Manifesto of a Nigerian Opposition Politics, written by a civil rights activist, Mr. Salihu Lukman.
According to the ACN National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande, all progressives must unite in order to send the ruling Peoples Democratic Party out of power in 2015. This, he said, was necessary in order to save the country and its people from the “misrule” of the PDP-led Federal Government.
Represented by the party’s National Secretary, Senator Lawan Shuaib, Akande said, “Nigerian and its people are at crossroads. We must move fast and save the country from the PDP. That is the essence of the merger.” Also, the CPC National Leader and a former Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), called on Nigerians not to lose hope. Posterity, he said, would not forgive the opposition leaders if they allowed personal agenda to mar the proposed merger plan.