In a statement signed by Tim Menakaya, a member of the party’s Board of Trustees, the party said:
“Our attention has been drawn to a press conference by a group of ten (10) Governors, including Owelle Rochas Okorocha of Imo State after meeting in Lagos endorsing a merger of some opposition Parties in Nigeria.
“While we are not against the establishment of a mega opposition party, we believe that the issue of merger of political parties is a very serious matter that needs adequate consultations before a Governor participates and makes public statement. We wish to state that we were never invited, consulted or informed about any political parties merger .
“We categorically state that All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), has never participated in any merger talk with any political party and is therefore not in the merger. We were never consulted by anybody before such statement of our involvement was issued.”
The statement described Imo State governor,Owelle Rochas Okorocha’s involvement with the newly formed APC as “ridiculous and unfortunate” as the issue of merging with other parties was not discussed at the party’s last National Executive Committee meeting held last July and during other stakeholder’s meeting of the party.
The statement said the party’s “concern at the moment is to restructure, nurture and build a strong APGA capable of winning elections across the states of Nigeria” and does not intend to merge with any political party.”
Meanwhile, in a move that is sure to rattle the feathers of chieftains of the APC, Peter Obi has declared that rather than join the coalition opposition, he would stick with the PDP-run Federal Government of President Goodluck Jonathan, having benefited in appointments from the government.