We wish to congratulate the political parties that came together to promote
the formation of a joint political party to be registered with Independent
National Electoral Commission as All Progressives Congress (APC). We
believe that the coming together of political parties to form a joint party
for a common objective and for electoral advantage is a welcome and healthy
development. We wish them a speedy registration process at the Independent
National Electoral Commission in order to join us in developing our
nation’s fledgling democracy.
We enjoin all political parties in opposition like us at this time in our
polity to canvass issues that will enhance the quality and credibility of
opposition by being more constructive in our interventions and criticism of
actions and policies of government. In the same token, we seize this
opportunity to advice the People Democratic Party and the government of
President Goodluck Jonathan to engage the opposition more constructively in
the interest of our dear country Nigeria and her citizens. Name-calling,
acerbic remarks and malicious propaganda with the concomitant counter
propaganda can only heat up the polity with its destabilizing impacts on
all facets of our national life.
The emergence of APC and United Progressive Party points to a very
interesting and exciting democratic encounter with the PDP in the general
elections of 2015. The coast is getting clearer and portends an epic
democratic showdown in which these three parties shall lock horns.
The United Progressive Party has already by the policy decision of its
National Executive Committee zoned our party presidential slot for the 2015
presidential election to the South East geo-political zone of the nation.
We are looking forward to the 2015 presidential election when the political
gladiators of these three major political parties that now stand out will
traverse the length and breadth of Nigeria to canvass the high points of
their political parties manifestos.
Once again we welcome the APC on board.
*Chief Ogbuehi Dike*
National Publicity Secretary, UPP