Former Director General of Voice of Nigeria, VON, Osita Okechukwu, has explained why the recent calls for merger by opposition political parties to remove the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, won’t work.

Okechukwu, who is a foundation member of APC, gave his opinion on Sunday in Enugu while reacting to the recent calls for merger trumpeted by Prof. Pat Utomi and former Vice-President, Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, while commenting on the recent presidential election in Senegal.

According to the ex-VON boss, the call lacks proper contextual foundation and dynamism.

DAILY POST recalls that there has been strident calls for merger by Utomi, Atiku and a host of others from major opposition parties while congratulating Bassirou Faye, Senegal’s President-elect, for repeating the feat achieved by the ruling APC in 2015.

Okechukwu, who was a member of the merger committee that midwifed APC into a formidable opposition in 2013, said there are many reasons to outrightly dismiss these recent merger calls and the erroneous premises on which they were anchored.

“First of all, on the possibility that the persistent call for opposition political parties to forge a formidable coalition to oust the APC like the PDP was defeated in 2015, the circumstances and dynamism on the ground differ remarkably.

“Secondly, dethroning an incumbent President should not be a political pastime, but as a practical political consciousness to remove an underperforming administration.

“President Bola Ahmed Tinubu, sure and steady, is performing and there is more allocations to state governments,” the APC chieftain said.

Proposed merger of opposition parties can’t oust APC – Osita Okechukwu

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