Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has set tongues wagging with his recent call for opposition parties to join forces in a strategic merger aimed at countering the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC). This proposition has sparked diverse reactions from major opposition parties, reflecting the complexities of Nigeria’s political landscape.
Atiku, while hosting the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council of Nigeria, voiced concerns about the APC’s trajectory potentially leading Nigeria into a one-party state. He emphasized the need for unity among opposition forces to safeguard the country’s democratic foundations.
The Labour Party views Atiku’s call as a positive step toward rescuing Nigeria from what it perceives as the APC’s dictatorial tendencies. The party sees the proposition as an opportunity to restore true democracy in the nation, emphasizing the importance of considering any move that aligns with this goal.
However, the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP) takes a more cautious stance. While acknowledging the merit of Atiku’s proposal, the NNPP insists that any merger should have a clear objective: supporting the presidential bid of former Kano State governor Rabiu Kwankwaso in 2027. This condition underscores the party’s strategic approach to collaborations, focusing on supporting a candidate they believe can effectively challenge the APC’s dominance.
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In response, the APC appears unfazed by Atiku’s call, dismissing it as inconsequential. Bala Ibrahim, the APC Publicity Director, asserts that Atiku and the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) lack the influence to pose a credible threat to the ruling party.
As political dynamics continue to evolve in Nigeria, Atiku’s call for a merger sets the stage for potential shifts in alliances, strategic partnerships, and the ongoing quest for political dominance. The coming months may reveal whether opposition parties can overcome differences and unite against the formidable force of the APC.
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