Teaching Comparative Government and Politics

Friday, January 11, 2013

Party realignment in Nigeria?

When one party is dominant, it makes little sense for six other parties to compete with each other. Can they come together enough to contend for the presidency?

This story comes from This Day.

Opposition Set to Float New Party March
Bukar Abba Ibrahim
Ongoing talks among the opposition parties may lead to the formation of a new political party by March, a leading member of the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP), Senator Bukar Abba Ibrahim, has said…

"Before March 2013, we are all going to reach an accord on this merger, that is the deadline for the merger materialising. From all indications, the parties are looking forward to forming a totally new party where all the opposition parties will come together as one entity," he said.

Speaking on the activities of the contact committee, Ibrahim said the members had toured the North-central and South-east zones, during which they consulted with party members on the merger plan.

According to him, the committee is about to start reaching out to the South-south, South-west and North-west zones to rally support for the merger…

He said the merger talks between the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), CPC and ANPP were being widened to include the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and some elements in the Labour Party (LP)…

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