By Simon Ebegbulem
BENINâ€”FORMER Foreign Affairs Minister, Chief Tom Ikimi, has warned that it would be dangerous for the nationâ€™s democracy if the efforts by some political leaders to form a mega party that will serve as an alternative to the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, failed to succeed.
He noted that some politicians were bent on making the nation a one party state, but urged Nigerians to shun the reports that people like him who left the PDP were about rejoining the party.
According to him, the best option for the nationâ€™s democracy is for all opposition parties to come together to have a credible alternative to the PDP.
He said:Â â€œIt is also true that it is my hope that we can build an alternative to PDP in Nigeria because I believe firmly that it is important that we have a viable opposition, that our people will have choices in the scheme of things in order for democracy to thrive in our country.
â€œI used to be the National Chairman of the National Republican Convention, NRC, when there were only two parties in the country, the SDP and the NRC.Â Then, there was balance in the polity and the country was peaceful.
â€œI look forward to the day we shall have that opportunity again, to have an alternative party to the PDP. It will be, indeed, unfortunate if the opposition will collapse completely and Nigeria will tend to a one party state.
â€œThat is why I have been in the forefront of getting the opposition to work together. The National Democratic Movement has this hope that we could bring together all the opposition forces in one team that will give Nigeria an alternative to PDP. Unfortunately, the negotiations have been protracted and have been difficult.â€
On the rumour that he would soon dump Action CongressÂ for the PDP, Ikimi explained that, â€œwe meet regularly with Alhaji Atiku Abubakar as a leader of the AC and recently there was such a meting where we examined the circumstances that exist today in Action Congress as well as the situation regarding our efforts in the National Democratic Movement.
â€œNo conclusions were reached, no decisions were taken. And I cannot as an individual take a decision as regards which direction our party will move in Edo State withoutÂ consultations.”