Atiku seeks PDP merger with other parties to stop APC
Former Vice President of Nigeria and the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) during the 2023 presidential election, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, has called on all political parties to collaborate and stop what he termed “one-party dictatorship” by the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Alhaji Abubakar made the call on Tuesday, November 14, during a meeting with the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC).
During the meeting, he condemned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for its roles in acting the script written for it by APC, especially at the just concluded governorship election held in three states, namely, Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi.
Taking to his “X” (formerly Twitter) handle after the meeting, the former Vice President said:
“Today, during a meeting with the National Executive Committee of the Inter-Party Advisory Council Nigeria (IPAC), I emphasized the importance of protecting our democracy.
“I expressed concern over the APC’s actions, leading Nigeria towards a one-party dictatorship. I urged IPAC, led by Yabagi Sani, to rally opposition parties to form a stronger front against this threat.
“I criticized @inecnigeria for conducting poor elections, including discrepancies in voter numbers.
“I called for the National Assembly to prioritise constitutional and electoral reforms, in particular electronic voting reforms, to ensure transparent elections and protect our democracy.
“I believe democracy, despite its flaws, is the best form of government, and I am committed to working with others in providing its preservation in Nigeria.”
It could be recalled that the Peoples Democratic Party won one out of the three contested governorship seats.
The incumbent PDP governor in Bayelsa State, Senator Duoye Diri, retained his seat while Senators Samuel Anyanwu of Imo State and Dino Melaye of Kogi State failed to retrieve the office PDP lost to APC in 2015 and 2019 respectively. Read more.