Former federal lawmaker, Senator Shehu Sani, has reacted to the rumoured reports that the likes of Peter Obi of the Labour Party, Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP) are planning a merger.
The trio contested and lost to the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu, in the 2023 presidential election.
Reports, however, emerging during the weekend claimed that Obi, Atiku, and Kwankwaso are working on an alliance to wrest power from the ruling APC.
It was further asserted that the extent of their agreement to work together is still in the early stages, as it also depends on the eventual outcome of the 2023 presidential election tribunal in which the victory of President Bola Tinubu is being challenged.
Reacting to the reports via his Twitter page on Monday morning, Senator Shehu Sani said the rumoured claims of opposition parties planning to merge into one mega party is good for Nigeria’s democracy.
The former Kaduna Central federal lawmaker said the opposition parties appeared to have learned their lessons after defeats against the ruling APC in the just-concluded elections.
Sani wrote, “The speculation that the opposition are planning to unite is good for democracy; now they are studying geography after the earthquake.”
Recall that the party in power, APC was formed on 6 February 2013 from a merger of Nigeria’s three largest opposition parties – the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), the Congress for Progressive Change (CPC), and the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) along with a breakaway faction of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and the new Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP).