With less than a month before the people of Anambra go to the polls to elect a new governor, there are fears that the South-Eastern state which has been under the control of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) for 16 years may come under the control of a new political party, the All Progressive Congress, APC.
Osita Okechukwu. Credit: The Sun News.
According to the Blueprint, the Director General of the Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, thinks APGA will lose the November 6 election to the APC unless it merged with the ruling party. He advised the leadership of APGA to consider merging with the APC, in the ‘Zikist model strategy' for seamless victory at the polls.
Okechukwu, who advised APGA to make the move for a merger with the APC before it is too late said the merger will guarantee Ndigbo a presidential ticket on the APC platform. He cited examples of how the late Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu led APGA to have a political understanding with President Buhari’s Congress for Progressive Change, CPC, and the merger of a faction of APGA with the APC in 2013 to justify his point.
However, is a merger between APGA and APC necessary to win the Anambra governorship polls?
In my opinion, APGA needs to form mergers with other political parties ahead of the polls but not necessarily with the APC. Forming political mergers is a necessary strategy that puts political parties in strong position during elections.
After losing a host of its lawmakers and members to the APC not long ago, I think APGA needs mergers to strengthen its position of winning the election.
However, what do you think about APGA merging with APC? Do you think the merger will help Ndigbo pick the presidential ticket of the APC in the future?
Please share your views.
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