By Gabriel Enogholase
BENINâ€”ALL Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP,Â may have concluded talks with other progressive opposition parties in the country with a view of merging into a strong and viable party, Edo State chairman of the party, Engr. Stephen Aimufia, disclosed in Benin City, yesterday.
Addressing journalists shortly after briefing stakeholders of the party on the outcome of its recent National Executive Committee, NEC,Â meeting in Maiduguri, he said that the party has been holding meetings with other opposition parties in view of what happened to the famed mega party, which has failed.
According to him, the resolution of the Maiduguri meeting agreed on the election of a new leadership at all levels for the party, as its members were aware that the â€œleadership of the party is part of the problems that is making the party lose public support.
â€œSo, we have fast-tracked the congresses of the party,Â being that the ward congresses will start in the next two weeks and terminate with the national convention on July 18, 2010.â€
Continuing, he said, â€œthe merger with other parties, the talks have been going on because of what has happened in respect of the famed mega. We have decided to be a little circumspect, more cautious in our approach to bringing the oppositions together.
A lot of talks have been on, tentative agreements have been reached, the details are being worked out and so, nobody can say we have arrived or not arrived but talks are going on. Virtually, all the significant opposition parties either by alliance of fusions like merger is on. So, hopefully, within another month, we may have good news for the Nigerian peopleâ€.
On the performance of the Adams Oshiomhole led government in Edo State,Â the ANPP said that it has no complaint against the administration as it has changed the face of Edo State, adding that to that extent, the administration will continue to enjoy its support.
Among the resolutions taken by the stakeholders was a call to the national leadership of the party to set up a committee on the merger with other opposition parties and on the conduct of the partyâ€™s congresses.