WARRIâ€”PEOPLES Redemption Party (PRP) governorship candidate in the 2007 gubernatorial election in Delta State, Mr. Emmanuel Igbini, has said the party has never been and will never be part of the formation of a mega party that would lead to the emergence of two-party system in the country.
In a press statement issued in Warri yesterday, Igbini said:Â Â â€œTo put it point blank, PRP is strongly and vehemently opposed to the formation of the mega party proposed ahead 2011, even though PRP leads the opposition to and condemnation of the continued gross misrule of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the fraudulent elections conducted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
â€œPRP supports a mega political alliance and civil society coalitions ahead of 2011 elections, but such political alliance and coalition must not in any way deny and or compromise the continued existence of registered politicalÂ parties and many more to come, that are willing members of the political alliance and or coalition.
â€The formation of mega party, as now proposed by ANPP, AC, DPP and some other political parties, is one that will lead to the emergence of two-party system for Nigeria, that is, the PDP and the mega party.
â€œThis will negate the supreme sacrifice and struggle embarked upon by Nigerians against the military imposed two-party system in 1993,Â which denied Nigerians their fundamental human right to freedom of association and formation of political parties of their choice without restrictions, except those restrictions that bother on cogent and verifiable national interest, peace, unity and security.
â€œIt should be recalled that this determination of Nigerians to have the political space expanded informed the legal battle instituted and led by Chief Gani Fawehinmi (SAM), Alhaji Balarable Musa and few other patriotic Nigerians and democrats sometime in 2001, based on which the Supreme Court ruled and ordered INEC to register more political parties with saw to the emergence of the fifty political parties that includes AC, DPP, and other proponents of the mega party.
â€œA support for mega party is a call to adoption of military dictatorship and her violation of human rights and imposition of retrogressive two-party system.â€