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NNPP not against merger, says chairman

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The leadership of the New Nigeria Peoples Party has said that the party is open to collaboration, alliance and other arrangements with the Peoples Democratic Party, Labour Party, and others to preserve the hard-won democracy and reverse the ruling All Progressives Congress’ alleged excessive push toward a one-party state.

Speaking at a press conference on behalf of the National Working Committee of the party, on Tuesday in Abuja, the acting National Chairman , Abba Ali, said, “Our party, without any iota of doubt, is open to collaboration, alliance and any arrangement with any of or all the political parties including PDP, Labour Party, and APC, so long as such collaboration, alliance or arrangement will be in the utmost interest of the Nigerian people and the protection and consolidation of Nigeria’s democracy.

“At the moment, we are studying the mood of the country and the political atmosphere. NNPP will welcome from any political party any initiative and oblige any invitation towards discussing any arrangement, aimed at protecting our people, our democracy and towards the much desired accelerated and sustainable development of our country.

“The NNPP sees this call from Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as patriotic and a welcome development for which we unreservedly commend him. The NNPP, however, has modifications to that collaboration being proposed by Atiku Abubakar. It is our belief that such an arrangement should be all-encompassing and broad.”

Atiku had warned against Nigeria devolving into a one-party state a few days ago, advocating for the union of opposition political parties to form a strong front, while also voicing concern about the upcoming general elections in 2027.

Ali added “The former Vice President’s call, our party notes that this was the same bold initiative which the opposition parties signed up to in 2015 and which enabled the merger that led to the defeat of the then ruling Peoples Democratic Party. To that extent, the NNPP is reiterating its position that the former Vice President’s latest call is a proposal we applaud wholeheartedly.

“Though it has a much larger perspective on the issue and considers all of its underlying components, the party insisted that it fully supports the effort and sees it as a matter of need.”

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