Leadership (Abuja)

Nigeria: Merger By Opposition Will Not Stop PDP

Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu, a member of PDP Board of Trustees (BoT), says the merger plan by opposition parties will not stop the PDP from emerging victorious in 2015 elections.

Iwuanyanwu who made this known in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) on Friday in Abuja described the move as a gang up that would neither pull PDP down nor succeed.

"As a democrat, I should sound a note of warning, I have read recently about a gang up of some political parties.

They are not ganging up on the basis of ideology.

"They are ganging up because, they are afraid that unless they gang up, PDP will win the elections in 2015, this is a wrong political calculation," Iwuanyanwu said.

He noted that political parties were supposed to be group of people with the same ideology and manifestoes to improve the lots of the people.

He stressed that it was regrettable that the merger plan of opposition parties was not based on ideology or common principle but on selfish interest with intent to pull down the PDP.

"I am in PDP, but I believe that democracy is best practiced when there is a very strong opposition. Democracy without a strong opposition is worthless.

"They are making a mistake, they should tell Nigerians what they can do to change situations not how to pull PDP down, this is a wrong politics,"

Iwuanyanwu said. He said that the merger would disintegrate soon after it was consummated, because of conflicting interests that would be involved.

He said the planned amalgamation would be in the interest of the PDP as it would make it stronger.

This he said would be so because, the PDP would win with greater majority and win back most of the places it lost.

He advised opposition parties to stay as they are and work with patience as it was the practice in advanced democracies.

Iwuanyanwu noted that it took the Labour Party in Britain several years to get to power, adding that democracy required patience.

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