In their quest to form a strong force to be able to defeat Nigeria’s two major political parties, the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) and the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the leadership of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) have merged to form a new coalition known as ‘The Force.”
A statement issued by the National Chairman of ANN, Emmanuel Dania and his counterpart in YPP, Comrade Bishop Amakiri on Friday said ‘The Force’ is to help salvage Nigeria from the major political parties that have held it hostage for far too long.
The African Action Congress (ACC), which has Omoyele Sowore, as its presidential candidate however was not mentioned as part of the merger. This was even as Sowore had earlier indicated his interest for a coalition with the two parties.
The joint statement released by ANN and YPP read in part:
“The political landscape of Nigeria is beginning to get the much desired clarity with few weeks to the general elections thereby giving all patriotic stakeholders the opportunity to take informed decisions that will herald a political direction different from the status quo.
“Nigeria is in dire need of a paradigm shift and this cannot happen by wishful thinking but through conscious efforts by selfless Nigerians to disrupt the system in order to end the combined 19 years of inept leadership of the PDP and APC, which no doubt has kept us in this present socio-economic and political shackles with no solution in sight anytime soon.
“Only those benefiting from the current dysfunctional system will be satisfied with the state of our nation as virtually all economic indices seem to be on a downward spiral with high rate of inflation, unemployment, poverty, insecurity are the resultant effects on the psyche and living standards of Nigerians.
“It is in a bid to end the aforementioned trend and change the current narrative that the joint leadership of the Alliance for New Nigeria (ANN) and Young Progressives Party (YPP) after painstaking deliberation, decided in the interest of the nation to forge a formidable coalition known as ‘the Force’ in order to help salvage our great country from those who have held it hostage for far too long.
“The Force is expected to be a political point of convergence for all those who truly desire to take back Nigeria from the establishment and birth A NEW NIGERIA.”