27 February 2013

Nigeria: 2015 Presidential Contest Between PDP, APC, Says Onu

The National Chairman of the All Nigerian Peoples Party, ANPP, Ogbonnaya Onu, on Tuesday, said the 2015 presidential contest would be between the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and the newly formed All Progressive Congress, APC.

Describing the PDP as a "conservative" outfit and the APC as "progressive", Mr Onu carpeted those comparing the ruling party to APC, saying doing so would amount to comparing darkness to light.

According to him, Nigerians would know the difference between the two parties by the time the new party unfolds its manifesto and is registered by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC); adding that the new party would provide the alternative platform that Nigerians desirous of change had been yearning for.

He spoke in Abuja during the presentation of the ANPP Rebuilding and Inter Party Contact Committee report.

"2015 polls would be a contest between the progressive members of the APC and the PDP conservatives that had failed to move the country forward since the return of democratic governance in the country," he said.

"Once registered, the APC would pursue the interests of the ordinary Nigerian man and woman. We would put the interest of Nigerians first. There would surely be a marked difference with the PDP. It is the difference, that will make Nigerians support us."

He recalled that there were doubts that ANPP would go into merger with other political parties, adding that the new party, if voted into power in 2015, would address the myriad of problems confronting the nation.

Ibrahim Shekarau, who led the committee, thanked the leadership of the party for the honour to serve it in that capacity.

The former Kano State Governor and presidential candidate of the ANPP in the 2011 elections revealed that more opposition parties had shown interest in joining APC.

"The (merger) talks are in progress and fruitful discussions going on. I want to inform this house that there are other parties that want to join the merger. Their letters and submissions are tabled to the body. We want everybody to come on board. There is no question about who is big or who is small.

"We are talking about a merger without condition. This has been agreed by all the merging parties, hence the progress of that talks. From the meetings of the committee we already have the name All Progressives Congress," he said.

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