As the coast becomes clearer for the coalescing opposition parties under the banner of All Progressives Congress, the chairman of the Board of Trustees of Congress for Progressive Change, General Muhammadu Buhari, has warned that the votes of Nigerians must count in the 2015 general elections. Buhari, who spoke yesterday in Abuja at the CPC national convention, also appealed to the National Assembly to intervene to halt what he called the country’s aimless drift.
The former military head of state’s assertions came amid fears that there may be hitches still lurking around the merger aspirations of CPC, one of the principal partners in the coalition. An allegedly expelled member of the party, Senator Rufai Hanga, declared in a letter to the Independent Nation al Electoral Commission that he was in possession of CPC’s original certificate of registration, countering the party’s earlier claims that the certificate was missing. He asked INEC not to observe yesterday’s national convention of the party, in a request meant to blight the convention’s credibility.
But in Gusau, the Zamfara State capital, All Nigeria Peoples Party also held its national convention, with party leaders claiming that with the merger of the major opposition parties, the ruling Peoples Democratic Party would soon become a party in the opposition.