The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, in a recent interview, spoke on the planned merger between the opposition parties in Nigeria and maintained that the parties involved, are making ‘huge sacrifices’ in that regard.
Fashakin also blamed the ruling party, Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) for playing the ‘tune of discord’ that the planned merger would not work and ‘the status quo is maintained.’
He said: “People can speculate and say many things. Two of the parties have indicated those that would sit at the negotiation table on their behalf; the third party, which is CPC, has not even inaugurated its merger committee. How did this people get the information they are peddling.
“I want to believe that it is the Peoples Democratic Party. PDP is very adept in this kind of tune of discord just to ensure that this arrangement does not work and the status quo is maintained. We don’t need to worry about that because the PDP is not a party we can reckon with.”
The CPC publicity secretary also alleged that the PDP has never won an election as the previous ones were claimed by power of ‘autocracy.’
While correcting the impression, Fashakin said, “point of correction, the PDP has not really won any election. Are you going to talk about the 2003 and the 2007 elections; the latter in which the outgoing president brought out his entire arsenal in autocracy? In fact, he declared that the election was going to be a do-or-die affair. It is a language couched in autocracy.
“In those places that the PDP did not capture in 2003 and 2007; those places where the people resisted it, we are forming a merger such that in all the nooks and crannies of our lives we will sensitise our people to the fact that the PDP has not benefitted them. So, the PDP cannot capture anywhere anymore. We shall sensitise and help our people to resist the PDP.”