By Akin Akande, Abuja
The National Chairman of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu on Thursday pleaded with members of the party to unite and support the All Progressives Congress (APC) as its National Executive Committee (NWC) accepted the merger report.
The merger report was presented by a former governor of Kano State, Mallam Ibrahim Shekarau
at the NWC meeting.
He advised members of the party to put aside their differences and struggle for a better future.
His words: “The merger we seek with other opposition political parties is for the sake of our country.
The point is simple; the more, the merrier; the bigger the number, the better for us.
I believe the ANPP should be part of efforts made by committed democrats and resolute patriots to provide Nigerians with a broad, strong and a united alternative political Party that can return power to our people and redefine the role of politics in our development process.
Our Party will benefit in such an arrangement because it will expand our horizon.
“This will make Nigerians love us even more, because they will see us as a body of honourable men and women who sacrificed self gain in the pursuit of the happiness of their fellow citizens and the greatness of our beloved country”, Onu said.
What achievement can be greater for us as leaders, when history will record us as soldiers of honour and champions of justice, who fought for freedom and liberty and placed others above self so that good governance will thrive in a more prosperous, more peaceful, more secure and a more united Nigeria.
“Distinguished leaders of our great Party, we must ask ourselves this simple question. Why are we involved? Before we give an answer, we must think deeply. We must remember the saying that the strength of a chain is determined by the strength of its weakest link”.
We must reflect on the reason why we are in politics. We must remember that Nigerians are anxious that the merger of the ANPP, CPC, ACN and others should work so that there can be competition in the political arena.
We must remember that our country men and women are tired of misrule, poverty, joblessness, hunger, misery and insecurity.
“We must remember that they desire change and a new political order where no one political party can take them for granted, act with impunity, disregard the laws of the nation and boast to remain in power for ever.
Above all, we must remember that as things stand in our dear nation, only the All Progressives Congress, APC, has the ability to cure our dear nation of its headache and secure the happiness of our fellow country men and women, guarantee a better future for our beloved country as well as strengthen our great Party as an equal partner in the marriage of like minds that will chart a better future for our beloved country.
“It is with the utmost humility that I urge you all to rise to the challenge which recent events in our political development demand of us.
We should resolve to be on the side of honour and integrity for the good of our country. We should resolve for our great Party to join forces with other progressives for the happiness of our people and the good of our country.
By the grace of the Almighty God and with your faith in our great Party, I am confident that we will succeed. We must always remember that a divided house cannot stand. We must put aside our differences, learn to accommodate the different positions we hold on issues, think less of ourselves and always remember that those who stay together, always stand together.
Let us resolve to unite for the sake of our children and our country.
Meanwhile, the party has expelled Mallam Isah Bala, the Bwari Area Council ANPP member over anti-party activities.