- Some opposition parties in the country are making plans to merge and form a powerful force to clinch the presidential seat in 2023
- A former presidential candidate, Dr Yunusa Tanko, said some elements in the APC and PDP would likely switch camps as a result of internal wrangling
- Tanko expressed dismay over the downward trend the political space is currently witnessing
Ahead of the 2023 presidential election, a former national chairman of the Inter-Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Dr Yunusa Tanko, has stated that some opposition parties in the country will merge and form a powerful force to clinch the presidential seat.
Tanko, the current national chairman of the National Conscience Party (NCP) and a former presidential candidate, made the disclosure in a chat with Daily Trust on Tuesday, October 1.
Legit.ng gathers that Tanko said Nigeria would soon witness a force stronger than the Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) which would decimate the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Peoples Democratic (PDP) in 2023.
He further said some elements in the APC and PDP would likely switch camps as a result of internal wrangling.
He said: “Of course, some political parties would merge to form a stronger force and that is the reason we are starting early to call for electoral reform so that before 2023, we would have been able to do a lot of work that is acceptable and promoted.
“But the NCP is a brand of its own; it has a strong political ideology that is second to none. So we prefer alliance. But that does not mean that we can’t review it. That is why we are saying that for us to move forward, proportional representation is a better option for our electoral system.
“We have watched with total dismay how our politics has taken a downward trend, from violence to money politics, intimidation to cross-carpeting among others.”
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a chieftain of the APC, Lanre Razaq, said he will plead with the national leader of the party, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, to run for the office of president in 2023, adding that he can run the country effectively.
Razaq said that the tallest person politically in the south-west cannot be better than Tinubu; stressing that the APC leader can replicate what he did in Lagos state at the federal level.
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