In an apparent reference to the emerging All Progressives Congress (APC), President Goodluck Jonathan has predicted the evolution of a two-party system ahead of the 2015 general elections. Jonathan, who spoke at the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), said Nigerians were no longer interested in forming new parties. Instead, the President said political parties were merging to form a formidable opposition to the ruling PDP. He said the development would help in stabilising the polity.
Jonathan said: “If you look at the evolution of political parties, it is now stable. Before, when elections are coming, you will hear about new parties being formed. At a time, the ballot paper was becoming too long and INEC was finding a way of deregistering parties. “Because PDP has come on very strong, no matter the criticism, they know that we are very strong and they realise that what they need to do is not forming new parties but parties coming together. So, we are helping to stabilise the polity.
“We will encourage them to come together more. We want a situation where it is PDP versus one. In that case, the polity will be more stable. Even our members will be more loyal to the party because you will have nowhere to go. “All this time, immediately we disagree in PDP, somebody is picking form in one PPP, DDD party and contesting House of Assembly or House of Reps or Senate.
“When we have only two parties, before you get there, they have already occupied that place. So, even if we disagree, we will agree at the end of the day and it will even help to build a stronger party. “So, Nigerians should commend PDP. If PDP were weak, people wouldn’t have gathered together. There wouldn’t have been any reason for parties to come together to fight PDP. “But when you have so many parties, on their own, they know they cannot face us until they come together; then you know that we are formidable. “And the PDP will become stronger and no matter the gang-up, I don’t see how they can uproot the PDP”.