The All Progressives Congress has rejected an invitation by the National Chairman of Social Democratic Mega Party, Chief Olu Falae, to join the mega party, which is being championed by 16 opposition parties.
Falae, a former Presidential aspirant, last week invited the APC to join his party.
But the APC in turning down the offer said Falae’s party lacked ‘electoral value.’
The National Publicity Secretary of the Congress for Progressive Change, one of the parties that formed APC, Mr. Rotimi Fashakin, said Falae lacked understanding of current Nigerian politics.
He said, “I respect his intellectual prowess, tact and sagacity. But I’m not too sure he understands the politics of the time. It doesn’t seem so to me. I don’t know what his decision to lead a group of political parties that have no real electoral value will achieve. I don’t know how that can be placed in the current political scenario.
“The political parties that have blazed the trail of merging are political parties of reckoning. They are the only political parties that really get the ruling party jittery. Chief Olu Falae should coalesce his group with us. We are still open to receiving members. All Progressives Congress is a coalition of progressive Nigerians wherever they may be found and it’s about taking power back to Nigerians.”
Fashakin however expressed disappointment that Falae who led an alliance of major opposition parties in 2011 was not at the forefront of the APC merger.
“I cannot discountenance his efforts in the past. As a matter of fact, in 2011, before the election, he led a group of four parties: the Social Democratic Mega Party, Action Congress of Nigeria, Congress for Progressive Change and All Nigerian Peoples party. Under his chairmanship, we fashioned a common constitution out of the constitution of these four parties. So, he has led this kind of initiative in the past, I don’t know why he is not at the forefront of ensuring the success of this merger (APC),” he said.