Merger will broaden ANPP’s chances in 2015 general election – Onu

Chief Ogbonnaya Onu, the National Chairman of All Nigeria Peoples
Party, has said his party’s merger with other opposition political
parties will enable it control more states in 2015.
Onu said this while delivering a speech during the party’s National
Executive Committee meeting on Saturday in Abuja.
“This merger has strengthened the hands of our governors and success
in future elections can now be better guaranteed,” he said.
He expressed optimism that if the party continued to take the interest of the nation into consideration “it stands excellent chance of forming government at all levels.”
Onu said that the three major opposition political parties – the
Action Congres of Nigeria, the Congress for Progressive Change and the ANPP – had met all the conditions prescribed by law and contained in the Electoral Act of 2010, as amended, for them to merge.
According to him, it is now left for the political parties involved to fulfil the conditions for the registration of the All Progressives
Congress as a political party.
The chairman urged all the party members concerned to continue to work until their aims and objectives were fully realised.
He reminded them that if APC was finally registered, a lot of work
still needed to be done for the new party to grow and come out
victorious in 2015.
He said: “Let no one ever think that it will be easy to defeat an
incumbent government. “It can be done. “But a lot of hard work will be needed. “Challenges will come, our patience will be tested and our ability to persevere will also be tested.”
Onu also expressed confidence that with free and fair elections, APC
would realise its goals of producing the next president of Nigeria.
He said: “Serious efforts must be made to ensure that every vote
counts and every voter matters.
“Every effort must be made to ensure that the environment is made
conducive to ensure are elections free and fair.”
He added that with a credible electoral process, “Nigeria will be
stronger; the nation’s democracy will grow and paved way for the
unity, peace and prosperity of our dear country.”
Onu attributed the success the party had achieved so far to hard work,
dedication and commitment by its members.
Senator Bukar Abba, Alhaji Aliu Modu Sherif, Senator Sanni Yerima,
Senator Kabiru Gaya, Hajia Ramatu Aliyu, Governor Kashim Shetima of
Borno State among others attended the occasion.
Meanwhile, a statement by signed Emma Eneukwu, the National Publicity
Secretary of the party, said that the National Executive Committee of
the ANPP had resolved to set a new committee on merger talks.
The committee, Eneukwu said, would be headed by the National Chairman.
It will include former and serving governors of the party and will
continue to act on behalf of the party in the merger negotiations
until the APC is registered.
He added that the committee would handle the sharing of the offices
and positions allotted to ANPP under the merger arrangement.
He said the positions are the National Secretary, National Financial
Secretary. Deputy National Organising Secretary, National, Welfare
Secretary, Deputy Nat. Publicity Secretary, two Vice Chairmen and two
Ex-officio members.