Daily Trust (Abuja)

19 November 2012

Nigeria: PDP - CPC, ACN Merger Deal Will Fail

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President Goodluck Jonathan and the PDP

The Peoples Democratic Party has said it was not loosing sleep over the touted merger deal between the opposition Congress for Democratic Change (CPC) and the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN).

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Olisa Metuh, said in a statement yesterday that the unresolved ownership question hanging around the neck of the ACN as well as the CPC's consistent trajectory of violence as were major defects in the merger deal.

"While the PDP is not losing sleep over the merger of the two opposition political parties since it is an exercise in democracy and since the both cannot defeat the PDP at elections, it is however not out of place for us to point out the major defects of the merger and why Nigerians will continue to reject it as an alternative to our great Party", Metuh said.

"The onus is entirely on these two parties to accept these glaring facts and seek ways out of the situation or to continue with the delusion that the merger of brood of dictators is what Nigerians need at the moment."

According Metuh, the ACN is entirely owned by Bola Tinubu and brooks no opposition to his dictates, adding: "It is no secret that the governors of Lagos, Osun and Ekiti States as well as the woefully failed candidate of the party in the recent Ondo governorship election were Tinubu's direct imposition."

Metuh said, "The fact of the merger is that of a double jeopardy as the case of the CPC is worse. Apart from the collywobbles of one man dictatorship, the party's violent antecedent, and the unrepentant posturing of General Buhari, the owner of the party as again captured in his parable of the bloody baboon and monkey earlier this year in Kaduna is a recipe for a road to Somalia. That is not the preference Nigerians will ever imagine."

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